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Liliane Lijn in conversation with Johanna Kieniewicz

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6 December 2016

in this talk, artist Liliane Lijn will share her experiences exploring light since the 1960s. beyond discussing her artistic practice, Liliane will talk about her influences and historical understandings of light from the past millennia, drawing on her readings in Tibetan Buddhism as well as her interest in physics and astronomy

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
tickets are free for Second Home members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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speaking into space

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20 October 2016

humanity regularly sends information from Earth out into the universe that may be picked up by potential extraterrestrial intelligence – but should we be sending such messages? and if so, how do we represent ourselves? in searching the universe, what do we find out about ourselves?

join us as we explore these ideas with Dr Jill Stuart – an academic based at the London School of Economics who specialises in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. beyond serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Space Policy, Dr. Stuart is a trustee of METI International, an organisation that focuses on sending messages from Earth to potential extraterrestrial life

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
tickets are free for Second Home Members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here


Micro Museum of Sleep

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we’ve teamed up with our pals at Bompas & Parr to explore the world of dreams for citizenM. one of the world’s smallest museums, this tiny temple (designed by Bompas&Parr) allows guests to peer inside and explore the science of sleep in a series of miniature dioramas we created. working with an astronomer, two artists and a neuroscientist, our contribution to the Micro Museum of Sleep celebrates the science and significance of slumber through a variety of artistic mediums

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ten

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Tuesday 13 September 2016

in September 2006 we published our first zine and began a journey into science and culture. since then we’ve taken creative types to Iceland and Tenerife in search of natural and scientific wonders, explored design vs science, watched the Transit of Venus in Sweden, visited CERN in Switzerland and Super K in Japan, held a conference about greening space exploration, explored the history of space booze in Mexico, published a book about crystals, camped in a concrete utopia in the Arizona desert and partied on an environmental research ship

plus a bunch of other stuff

join us next month to celebrate a decade of discerning science with the launch of a retrospective book, ten

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Ace Hotel London
100 Shoreditch High Street / E1 6JQ
7-11pm / music from BEAT Magazine’s Hanna Hanra


is our universe a hologram?

image by Matthew T. DiVito / http://mrdiv.tumblr.com/

Tuesday 20 September 2016

join Dr. Andrew O’Bannon on a journey to the cutting edge of theoretical physics. holography is the bold idea that all the information in our 3D universe may be contained in a mysterious 2D image, like a hologram. promising not only to unite Einstein’s relativity with quantum physics, it also has the potential to provide us with cleaner energy, faster computers, and novel electronics

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 | book here

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rooftop astronomy at Ace Hotel

with the skies getting darker earlier, our ever-popular astronomy nights are back high atop the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. come take a close up look at the planets, the lunar surface and other wonders through the hotel’s in-house 203mm Dobsonian telescope, customised by super/collider

the season kicked off on August 9th with a session featuring the Moon, Mars and Saturn overhead. the evening featured astronomer Jeni Millard, art installations from Isobel Church and Dario Villanueva and a talk by Louise Alexander, a planetary scientist from the University of Birkbeck

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darkness

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as the nights draw in, join super/collider and guests for a season exploring the dark side…

Wednesday 3 August 2016

join Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Marek Kukula and curator Melanie Vandenbrouck at Second Home to explore the role of darkness in art and science. blackness can reveal as well as conceal: today’s astronomers seek out the darkest sites on Earth in order to see further into the universe, while the Hubble Space Telescope’s 10-day stare into the darkness in 1995 produced the dazzling vista of the Hubble Deep Field

from art to astronomy and beyond, Marek and Melanie will trace the changing face of darkness from its traditional use as a symbol of the mysterious and unknown to the modern day quest for ultimate darkness in the form of Surrey NanoSystems’s ultra-dark Vantablack coating

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now

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at the edge of uncertainty

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Wednesday 6 July 2016

quantum physicist Dr Michael Brooks is an author, broadcaster and journalist who has spent much of his career looking beyond the boundaries of our scientific understanding. join us at Second Home for an insightful exploration into subjects that still challenge our understanding of the universe. Dr Brooks will touch on topics such as the nature of time and consciousness and offer us his thoughts on what the future of knowledge will look like

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now


2016 Icelandic expedition

photo by Tom Sewell

7-12 September 2016

as late summer lingers over the North Atlantic, join a small group of like-minded creative explorers as we travel across, around and underneath Iceland in search of the Northern Lights and other natural wonders in our most ambitious Icelandic adventure to date

amid the stark beauty of the country’s surreal landscapes, we’ll spend the dark nights watching for the Aurora Borealis and the days exploring the country’s geological, volcanic and natural diversity. we’ll hike to towering glaciers, visit slumbering volcanoes, watch erupting geysers, relax in natural hot springs, venture behind tumbling waterfalls and descend under the surface of Iceland’s constantly shifting topography

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harnessing the sublime

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Wednesday 1 June 2016

fascinated by the acoustic and astronomical features of ancient monuments, Dr Simon Jones invites you on a journey to the world’s sacred sites. learn how the Aztecs, Incas and others harnessed the sublime in order to bolster their priesthoods’ claims to act as intermediates between the Earth and the heavens

trained as an auditory neuroscientist, Dr Jones is an associate editor at Springer Nature and an avid traveller who has experienced the mysterious effects of many of Central America’s best preserved pyramids firsthand

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now


brewing up a storm

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Wednesday 8 June 2016

join Professor Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London and super/collider for an evening exploring our planet’s changing climate

come make your own cyanotype print of a Pacific island at threat from sea level rise before settling down to hear Joanna discuss why our climate is changing and how physics can help to predict our planet’s future. Brewing up a Storm is part of the Institute of Physics Summer Sessions and is open to all – no physics knowledge is necessary

drinks and snacks are available at the talk and attendance is free – just make sure to register beforehand

6-8pm
canalside steps, Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA
free | book here


the plant whisperer

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Wednesday 4 May 2016

join super/collider at Second Home to gain an insight into artist Kasia Molga‘s practice, which encourages plants to draw. as part of the World Wilder Lab project, Kasia and her colleagues have been interacting with plants using hacking techniques. the multi-media artist describes herself as an environmentalist, hactivist and designer concerned with changes in our relationship with ecology in an increasingly technologically mediated world

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now

 


living photographs

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Wednesday 6 April 2016

join super/collider at Second Home for a discussion between artist Alice Cazenave, materials maestro Seetal Solanki, microbiologist Dr. Simon Park and artist Melanie King about light sensitive materials in the natural world, techniques for printing on leaves and bacteria which responds to light

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now

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TOOLKIT: Dr Benoit Guénard

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

our second TOOLKIT night in Hong Kong will feature ecologist Dr Benoit Guénard talking about his work studying ant biodiversity and showing us the various tools he uses in the field. how can some regions of the world sustain thousands of species while others have only a few dozen? what effects do human changes have on species richness and composition – and what can ants tell us about biodiversity? join us as we explore these questions and more at ACO in Wan Chai

details
time: doors 7pm talk from 7:30pm
cost: free but please RSVP
venue: ACO 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(Exit B of Causeway Bay MTR station, opposite Tin Lok Lane)
language: English
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aether

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opening today in Berlin, Aether brings together a number of international artists and photographers inspired by astronomy. curated by super/collider’s Louise Beer and Melanie King, who also heads up the London Alternative Photography Collective, the exhibition showcases various methods of photography; both experimental and direct, real and imagined. we caught up with Melanie to find out more

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exploring the invisible

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Wednesday 2 March 2016

bioluminescent bacteria are the most widely distributed light-emitting organisms on Earth. experienced up close, bioluminescence is a powerful and refined light: cold but beguiling. in his practice, Dr Simon Park has used bacterial bioluminescence beyond rigorous scientific research and in this talk will explore his long-standing investigation into the aesthetics of bacterial bioluminescence and how he has used this organic form of light as a unique medium to disclose some of nature’s most vital yet often unseen events

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
free but RSVP required

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Women of Rock

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25 September – 30 October 2015

private view 24 September
Print House Gallery 18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

science in general and geology in particular have long been dominated by the male gender. some
modern day geologists have adopted an Indiana Jones Type A personality, lending their expertise to oil companies and mining concerns; venturing to the far reaches of the planet in a machismo race for resources. at the other extreme, the stereotype of the geeky mineral collector is inevitably male – yet over the past few years a distinctly female fascination with geology, minerals and meteorites has emerged. in this mixed media group show, creative science agency super/collider showcases some of the beguiling results

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TOOLKIT: Dr Michael Pittman

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Thursday 3 December 2015

we’re beyond excited to announce our first Hong Kong event: an evening with dinosaur discoverer Dr Michael Pittman. part of a new series we’re starting called TOOLKIT, the hands-on talk will feature the HKU palaeontologist discussing his work in the Gobi Desert and the tools he uses. you’ll get the chance to check out actual dinosaur bones and the various brushes, hammers, chisels, picks and other gear essential for a successful dino dig

details
time: doors 7pm talk from 7:30pm
cost: free but please RSVP
venue: ACO 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(Exit B of Causeway Bay MTR station, opposite Tin Lok Lane)
language: English


light play

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Sunday 1 November 2015

join us at TATE Britain with The People’s Bureau for a hands on workshop investigating the properties of light. artist Jordan Soderberg Mills will work with super/collider’s Melanie King and Louise Beer to help you make your own photographs with a variety of prisms and light refracting objects


All Tomorrow’s Publishers

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Saturday 17 October 2015
Peckham Pelican | 12-5pm

join super/collider at the Peckham Pelican for All Tomorrow’s Publishers, a weekend fair showcasing independent publishers as part of the week-long Literary Kitchen Festival. we’ll be selling a selection of printed science/culture radness, including some titles which aren’t currently available on our discerning online shop


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