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spectral evidence

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Monday 10 July 2017

join artist Amelia Crouch as she shares and discusses extracts of her recent work ‘Spectral Evidence’ with us at Second Home. this moving image artwork, exploring colour perception and colour language, combines research into the evolution of the eye, the physics of light, linguistics and semiotics

the piece was produced for ‘The Scientific Method’ – a group exhibition of moving image works that adopt scientific, quasi-scientific or pedagogical formats in order to consider the human search for systemic, graspable or quantifiable meaning in an uncertain world. Crouch co-curated the exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds, in 2016-17 and will talk both about ‘Spectral Evidence’ and how it fits into her wider artistic research and interests

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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✺ solar eclipse expedition

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14-22 August 2017

join a small group of creative explorers as we travel across the spectacular deserts, forests and mountains of Western America to witness one of nature’s most incredible sights: a total solar eclipse

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after meeting in Los Angeles, we’ll head out into the high desert to explore the natural beauty of Joshua Tree and camp overnight under the stars. we’ll then venture into Arizona to visit the Biosphere 2 experiment and spend a night at Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s ecological city in the desert. after stopping at the legendary Lowell Observatory for a briefing about the eclipse we’ll visit Meteor Crater, a massive impact site with an awesome gift shop. next up is the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon, after which we’ll spend the night amid the iconic sandstone buttes of Monument Valley

from then on in it’s all about the total solar eclipse – a surreal sight that everyone should witness at least once. as the Moon slowly covers the sun during this rare alignment, the morning of 21st August will slowly dim until the face of our nearest star is completely obscured. the sun’s faint corona and the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury will become visible in the daytime, and birds might start singing again thinking it’s dawn

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Caroline Corbasson artist talk and astronomy session

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Monday 03 July 2017

join us for a special evening with Paris-based artist Caroline Corbasson, who will discuss her artistic practice, inspirations and new film – set at the European Southern Observatory telescopes in the Atacama Desert. her talk will be followed by session observing the Moon and planets through Ace Hotel London’s in-house 203mm Dobsonian telescope, customised by super/collider

7-11pm
Ace Hotel Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High Street
London
E1 6JQ
free – but RSVP essential, as we expect this event to sell out quickly

see exclusive images from Caroline’s film here

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the science of sound

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

join us at The Collective Old Oak to learn about the science of sound. the School of Noise will give you an insight into how sound actually works, followed by a performance from Look Mum No Computer with a rare opportunity to test out some of the experiments for yourself. you will be able to try out a variety of machines which utilise sound in experimental and interactive ways. there will be also a synth bike, a machine which demonstrates cymatics and a skull radio, amongst other exciting objects

8-11pm
The Collective Old Oak
Old Oak Lane
London
NW10 6FF
free – please RSVP here


supermassive black holes

Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A illustrate the combined imaging power of two of astronomy's cutting-edge tools, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the recently upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico. Some two billion light-years away, the yellowish elliptical galaxy in the centre of the image appears quite ordinary as seen by Hubble in visible wavelengths of light. The galaxy is roughly 1000 times more massive than the Milky Way and harbors a 2.5-billion-solar-mass central black hole that is 1000 times more massive than the black hole in the Milky Way. But the innocuous-looking galaxy, also known as 3C 348, has long been known as the brightest radio-emitting object in the constellation Hercules. Emitting nearly a billion times more power in radio wavelengths than our Sun, the galaxy is one of the brightest extragalactic radio sources in the entire sky. The VLA radio data reveal enormous, optically invisible jets that, at one-and-a-half million light-years wide, dwarf the visible galaxy from which they emerge. The jets are very-high-energy plasma beams, subatomic particles and magnetic fields shot at nearly the speed of light from the vicinity of the black hole. The outer portions of both jets show unusual ring-like structures suggesting a history of multiple outbursts from the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. The innermost parts of the jets are not visible because of the extreme velocity of the material, which causes relativistic effects that beam the light away from us. Far from the galaxy, the jets become unstable and break up into the rings and wisps. The entire radio source is surrounded by a very hot, X-ray-emitting cloud of gas, not seen in this optical-radio composite. Hubble's view of the field also shows a companion elliptical galaxy very close to the centre of the optical-radio source

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Dr. Meghan Gray is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. Her research makes use of telescopes around the world and in space to understand the largest structures in the Universe. At the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the motions of stars reveal the existence of a supermassive black hole over a million times the mass of our Sun.

Far from being a rare oddity, we now believe such extreme objects lurk at the heart of all galaxies, and in fact play an important role in the formation and evolution of their hosts. In this talk, Meghan will explore our understanding of the physics behind such black holes, and how – far from being ‘black’ – in the right circumstances they can be some of the most luminous objects in the Universe.

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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‘ten’ Hong Kong launch party

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Thursday 6 April 2017

ten years ago 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, watched the Transit of Venus in Sweden, educated people about green energy over frozen margaritas in a former petrol station, visited CERN in Switzerland and Super K in Japan, held a conference about greening space exploration, explored the history of alcohol in space in Mexico City, 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 to celebrate the Hong Kong launch of our retrospective book and the start of our two week art/science pop-up shop at Book B, an independent bookstore in Sham Shui Po

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198 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
opening reception Thursday | April 6 | 6-8pm
open daily 11am – 7pm

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to dream of space

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Wednesday 5 April 2017

Dr Niamh Shaw is an engineer, scientist and performer who merges theatrical performance and art with engineering and technology to tell the human story behind science. at this unique event Niamh will present her personal archive of diaries and letters, collected over a five year journey in which she tried to activate her dream of going to space. as part of our ongoing ‘Women In Space’ series at Second Home, she will blend public lecture with live theatre to convey her experience of investigating and preparing for space, interviewing astronauts and others involved in the space industry to better understand what is involved in leaving the planet

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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dark side of the moon

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1 March 2017

due to tidal locking, the far side of the Moon was not seen until 1959 when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 transmitted photographs of this unfamiliar landscape back to Earth

join us to hear from astronomer Paul Hill about this once-mysterious place, how the tides on Earth and the movement of the Moon are intrinsically connected and more

what is the Moon and where did it come from? how has the Moon affected life on Earth and how has it influenced our own human evolution and culture? is the Moon crucial for life on our planet or could we survive without it?

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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the edge of the sky

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24 January 2017

to start our new season of talks at Second Home, we’ll be joined by theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta, whose book The Edge of the Sky explains the Universe using just 1000 simple words. from the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, Trotta will tell us the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology in a way anyone can understand

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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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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London launch party

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Tuesday 13 September 2016

ten years ago 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, 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

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


is our universe a hologram?

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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

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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


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