laserlight

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the light from a single pulse of the world’s most powerful laser is intense enough to heat material to millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second. extreme electric fields wrapped up in the laser pulse pull matter into its constituent negative and positive charged parts, forming the 4th state of matter: plasma

behind the beauty of the burning glow of laser plasma lies a wealth of extraordinary and extreme physics. researchers at the STFC‘s Central Laser Facility outside Oxford are studying this exotic state of matter because it can host a tiny, micro-particle accelerator that gives off beams of X-rays and particles that can be used in medical, manufacturing and security imaging

studying laser plasma may also help us replicate the fusion reactions that power the sun. used here on Earth, this could provide a limitless source of clean, green energy

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summer science shop

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a destination science pop-up shop with everything from clothing, jewellery and books to labware, limited-edition publications, objects, plants and prints – not to mention uranium, asteroids, pieces of the moon and more from brands and people including

Tessa Edwards
Valerie Phillips
Dave Cuvelot / Astronomika
Loren Filis
William Edmonds / Somewow
Magnetic Zeroes
Present & Correct
PapaFoxtrot
+ more

update: our shop closed at the end of September but we’re hoping to reopen soon in a new location. subscribe for updates and we’ll keep you posted

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space/station

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the first in a series of commissions for the Ace Hotel, ‘space/station’ posits a future in which humankind will travel to distant galaxies accompanied by the flora of from our home planet. juxtaposing the lush jungles of earth with the star-filled galaxy NGC 4594, some 28million light years distant, the installation is designed to transform the lobby of the London branch into a prototype test habitat for future travellers. a series of aquatic life support tanks, inspired in equal measure by science fiction, real-world space station research programmes and Zen garden water features create a living accompaniment to the imagery

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Skyhenges I–IV

Skyhenge IV

inspired by the geographical isolation of the tiny island of Inis Oírr and its sweeping views of the horizon, sea and sky, we’ve built a series of ephemeral astronomical installations for Drop Everything – a contemporary cultural biennale that takes place off the west coast of Ireland

Skyhenges I-IV consists of a number of temporary observing structures dotted around the island, with visitors encouraged to seek them out at specific times during the three-day event, which runs 23-25 May 2014. each piece varies in form, function and construction, but all are sited to highlight a celestial body or event at a specific time

inspired in equal part by the ancient astronomers who built monolithic observatories and modern artists like James Turrell and Charles Ross, the pieces seek to create a connection between people and sky – one that must be experienced firsthand. free and accessible to all, Skyhenges I-IV is purposefully simple and temporary in nature. created entirely from scavenged and found materials from the island, each will be disassembled and its components returned, recycled or reused after they have served their own, sky-specific purpose

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Growing The Future

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January/February 2014

as a new year dawns, super/collider will be exploring crystal cities and biological fashion in a series of workshops at Selfridges as part of their upcoming Festival of Imagination – giving you the chance to get hands-on with two forward-thinking approaches to fashion and architecture

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POP ROCK MOON SHOP®

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featuring work from artists including Leonid Tishkov, Katie Paterson and WE COLONISED THE MOON, the The Arts Catalyst‘s Republic of the Moon exhibition combines personal encounters, DIY space plans, imaginary expeditions and new myths for the next space age

bringing a pop cultural take to the proceedings, super/collider has created 
POP ROCK MOON SHOP® – a pop-up store inside the exhibition selling all manner of discerning lunar ephemera. ranging from 3D relief maps and rare art books to cosmic fashion, discerning homeware and actual pieces of the moon, it’s the ultimate lunar shopping destination here on planet earth

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landed

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installed in the strange solitude of St James’ Gardens beside Euston Station, Tom Gibson and Ian Giles’ LANDED comprised three monolithic sculptural pieces set amid the shrubbery and ancient gravestones of this quiet corner of the capital. recalling a stone circle, monument or tumbling rock formation, the piece was created as a gathering place – with inspiration from geological features, fallen meteorites and ancient monuments

responding to these influences, super/collider created an artistic intervention for the closing event, alongside curator Lindsay Segall and artists Mark Tovell and David Berridge. the action marked the end of the installation – taking inspiration from glaciers, lichen and meteorite fragments in the form of blue, mustard and grey paint which slowly spread over the pieces, reflecting the slow geological time in which glaciation, plant growth and meteorite impacts have shaped our planet

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PopUp Astronomy Club

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a series of impromptu astronomy sessions around East London – staring up at the rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s moons, the lunar seas, Uranus (ha ha) and other stuff in space. sign up to the club’s Twitter feed or visit our project page to find out more

 


Worlds in Transit

in June 2012, we invited a group of artists, filmmakers, astronomers, photographers, choreographers and curators to join us in the remote Swedish wilderness to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event: the transit of Venus. from our pristine vantage point amid the forests and fields, we watched as the planet Venus passed between the earth and the sun – its tiny black disk revealing the true scale of the solar system

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the Handcrafted Particle Accelerator

what if we could look ourselves up in a parallel universe? what if we could predict our future using DNA? what if we could build a particle accelerator at home? UK-based designer Patrick Stevenson-Keating creates projects which not only solve problems, but ask questions. for Milan Design Week, we teamed up with him to create the world’s first handcrafted glass particle accelerator read more


DesigningScience

supported by the Design Council, DesigningScience was a series of events and workshops culminating in a publication exploring the interaction between science and design. while much has been written about the art/science interface, we wanted to explore and encourage dialogue and collaboration between the scientific and design communities

with contributions and insights from Frank Swain, Marek Kultys, Rebecca Pohancenik, Matt Costello, Oliver Goodhall, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Alison Prendiville, Blue Bushell, Patrick Stevenson-Keating and many more, DesigningScience seeks to initiate a dialogue between designers, scientists and science communicators about the role good design can play in sharing the wonders of science with the wider public

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Unknown Fields

in July 2011, super/collider joined Unknown Fields and students from the Architecture Association School on an epic journey into the atomic and cosmic regions of the former Soviet Union: from the ruins of Chernobyl to Baikonur Cosmodrome and points between and beyond read more


APOLLO77

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of the hundreds of photos taken by NASA astronauts on the Moon, we are familiar with only a tiny fraction. momentous images like the planting of the flag and the boot-in-the-dust have become so familiar as to now border on the mundane, while the sheer scale of the project revealed by the vast Apollo archive languishes unseen

super/collider’s APOLLO77 exhibition in 2009 explored the depths in the Apollo archives, presenting seven columns and eleven rows of photographs in a disused video shop as part of our Apollo +at+ Apollo event. in late 2014, additional imagery will be added to the collection to form the basis of a book published by Loophole


GREEN/SPACE

an architecturally-focused initiative exploring the relationship between space and ecology read more


ISLAND/UNIVERSE

situated nearly 2400m above the surrounding ocean, the telescopes of the European Northern Observatory on La Palma offer astronomers some of the best night-sky views on earth. every evening, their giant optics open and begin tracking the sky, imaging hazy nebulas and distant galaxies. located on the western-most of the Canary Islands, the facility is perched on the rim of an ancient volcanic caldera, high above clouds that drift towards the coast of Africa. silent and remote, it is truly a world apart  read more


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