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  • 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

    the surreal and otherworldly nature of sleep – a period where we mentally enter a personal universe for up to eight hours per day – is the focus of a diorama representing the Mesopotamian God of Dreams created by Olivia Bargman. the diorama is paired with an animation by video artist Alice Dunseath where we see an abstract interpretation of the sights and sounds we experience whilst in a restful dream-like state. a thought-provoking vision of future sleep by astronomer Dr Marek Kukula imagines what a night would be like in zero gravity, and the final video examines the physiology of sleep, as told by neuroscientist Dr Simon Jones, discussing the many theories about how your brain behaves during nocturnal hours

    Marek Kukula
    Sleeping In Space

    Dr Marek Kukula considers an astronaut’s experience of sleeping in space, looking at how zero gravity and constant challenges affect sleep onboard the International Space Station. for example, on the ISS, there are 16 sunsets and sunrises every 24 hours so an astronaut cannot rely on the sun to signal when it is time to sleep. peer through the peephole into deep space, to see an astronaut hanging in the void.

    Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer at Royal Museums Greenwich, home of the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Queen’s House art gallery. Marek graduated in physics with astrophysics from the University of Manchester in 1990 and in 1994 was awarded a PhD in Radio astronomy, based on research carried out at Jodrell Bank Observatory. his research interests include active galactic nuclei and the ways in which large galaxies and their central supermassive black holes have changed and evolved throughout cosmological time

    Olivia Bargman
    Dreams Experienced by Gilgamesh

    this diorama depicts the dreams experienced by Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian ruler of the city of Uruk. his mother, Ninsun was the goddess of dreams, wisdom and cow and has the role of the Seer, Explainer of Dreams.  Ninsun explains Gilgamesh’s odd visions. Gilgamesh has a couple of disturbing dreams about a meteorite and an axe – both objects he names “as a wife” to him. Ninsun interprets this as Gilgamesh meeting somebody who will help him on his quest to the cedar woods to conquer the monster, Humbaba

    Olivia Bargman is a London based illustrator, often exploring narratives surrounding science and mythology. clients include Jamie Oliver, The Wellcome Collection, Radio Netherlands and Barclays

    Alice Dunseath
    The Stages of Sleep

    from the perspective of a closed eye, we explore the five stages of sleep: from light sleep to deep sleep and onto REM sleep and back again, we see an abstract interpretation of the sights and sounds we experience whilst in our restful dream-like state

    Alice Dunseath is a London based filmmaker and animator who works with materials, liquids, chemicals, crystals or elements that have a life of their own. choreographing them around the screen to music or sounds, she makes visual poetry that encourages viewers to contemplate the bigger picture. she is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has screened and given talks about her work in film festivals, exhibitions (including the V&A, HERE TODAY… and Selfridges), and universities around the world

    Dr Simon Jones
    You Are Asleep

    neuroscientist Dr Simon Jones will take you on a poetic journey of the changes that happen in your brain from the moment you begin to feel tired, to deep REM sleep, via the hormone of darkness and full body atonia. his hypnotic voice will pull you into the blackness and allow your brain to begin its mysterious unconscious processes

    Dr Simon Jones trained as an auditory neuroscientist and is an associate editor at Springer-Nature. Simon graduated from Girton College at the University of Cambridge and was awarded his PhD at University of Nottingham. he lectures publicly on auditory neuroscience, and a recent talk with super/collider was focused on the acoustic and astronomical features of ancient monuments, considering how these architectural features attempted to evoke feelings of the sublime. Simon is also the in-house scientific advisor for the London based art collective Lumen, which focuses on the symbolism of light and sound in religion and its relationship to astronomical research

     

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    photography by Kitty Wheeler Shaw

    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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    Time Traveller by Seana Gavin

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    34x34cm glicée print
    limited edition of 50

    our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

    full series here

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    art and sci-fi in the Atacama

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    in one of the highest, driest and most remote landscapes on the planet, astronomers have constructed a series of megalithic devices to peer deep into space. these complex, futuristic artefacts and the strange landscape that surrounds them are what drew French artist Caroline Corbasson to the Atacama, where she’s currently shooting a new short film. you can read more about the project in our latest article for Amuse and check out our Instagram for a series of exclusive location scouting photos like this one

     

    ten

    104-page retrospective book (2006-2016)
    first edition of 1000
    170mm x 240mm
    printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper made from 100% post-consumer waste

    in 2006 we published our first fanzine and began a journey into science and culture. from the depths of interstellar space to the limitless subatomic horizons of particle physics to the most beautiful places on our planet, we’ve been privileged to spend the past decade exploring the wonders and aesthetics of science from a creative standpoint

    full of short stories and facts, ten is more than just a retrospective of our work. it’s a visual record of where science has taken us all in the last decade – told through 100 beautiful images from the worlds of astronomy, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, ecology, biology… and beyond

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    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    inspired by the intersection of earthly geology and crystalline geometry, Noemi Klein crafts intricate pieces in a range of fine metals. in her Epoch 5 collection, geological structures in the form of precious mineral clusters crystallise the natural environment and provide a sharp physical alternative to the ethereal and sensory world of the eye

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    the in sound from way out

    GOES satellite

    researchers at Queen Mary University in London are inviting filmmakers and creatives to experiment with sounds from space, as part of a new competition launched today. to find out more about these cosmic noises, we caught up with project lead Dr Martin Archer…

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    islands of ice

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    in our latest column for AnOther we overfly the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which is about to unleash one of the largest icebergs the Earth has ever seen

    treasures

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    unearthing and meticulously photographing artwork and images from 19th and early 20th century astronomy books, Print Science are working to showcase how people used to record the heavens. beyond lunar charts, hand sketches of the solar corona and an early photograph of the Pleiades, the collection includes early impressions of Mars and a beautiful drawing of a comet over London

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    ring world

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    open up Google Maps and scroll over to Canada – then zoom in and take a look to the right of the ‘Québec’ label. notice something weird? a massive, circular lake? that’s an impact crater from a 5km wide comet or asteroid that hit the area over 200 million years ago, making it the oldest known and largest visible impact crater on Earth

    in our new column for AnOther, we look at Manicouagan Crater and other (potentially related) impact sites across the planet

    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
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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?

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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
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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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    making plastic precious

    Studio Swine

    inspired by nautical craftsmanship and folk art, the designers at Studio Swine went in search of plastic in the ocean for their Gyrecraft project – and found a lot to choose from. sailing 1000 nautical miles from the Azores to the Canary Islands, they passed through through the North Atlantic Gyre: one of five points on the planet where swirling megacurrents concentrate vast quantities of floating debris, including plastic

    “it’s one of the biggest problems facing our civilisation,” says Studio Swine’s Alex Groves, “plastic is in every part of the ocean and the effect it’s having on plankton is only just beginning to be investigated. plankton are the base of the entire planet’s food chain, and they are responsible for producing one third of the oxygen we breath. if we lose plankton we are headed for another mass extinction. in the swirling gyre, most of the plastics have broken down into tiny fragments which are spread over massive stretches of the ocean. due to their size, they are incredibly difficult to recover in any large quantity – making this once disposable material very precious”

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    saved 🌴

    Corinne Staley

    good news on the rainforest front this month, with the Democratic Republic of Congo declaring a vast new national park covering 2.2 million acres of virtually pristine forest that’s home to Bonobos, Okapis, Forest Elephants, Congo Peacocks and a newly discovered monkey, the Lesula

    now, alongside the new Lomami National Park, the Rainforest Trust and local partner the Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation are looking to safeguard another 1.1 million acres next door by establishing the Balanga Forest Reserve. together, this will form a massive joined up area to help stabilise the region for people and wildlife, safeguard the forest and promote sustainable livelihoods

    super/collider firmly believes that protecting pristine rainforests like those found in the Congo is one of the most effective strategies for protecting biodiversity and mitigating climate change. we will be making a donation and invite you to join us – with an anonymous benefactor matching donations, your donation of just £15 can save 50 acres!

    donate 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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    species of the week

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    marine biologists announced the discovery this week of what could be among the oldest living organisms on Earth. a massive sea sponge about ‘the size of a minivan’ was photographed last summer over 2km down in the depths of the Papahānaumokuākea marine reserve – a massive protected area the size of Germany located northwest of Hawaii. although not dated yet, it’s the largest specimen yet found. similar, smaller sponges in shallow waters can be over 2000 years old, making this slow-growing deep sea discovery a potential contender

    rock and roll

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    just another rock on Mars

    profile: Lightning and Kinglyface

    Lightning + Kinglyface


    Lightning and Kinglyface are Anna Fulmine and Victoria Shahrokh, a team of designers whose work mixes the subtleties of design with scientific principles to create lush, dense and vivid objects, sets and exhibitions. based in Dalston, their work involves collaborations with photographers Thomas Brown and Ryan Hopkinson as well work with clients ranging from Bompas & Parr to Zaha Hadid. our new contributor Bobby Jewell spoke to them to find out more

    so what are your backgrounds and why did you decide to work together?
    we both met during our time at university in Epsom at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. we were studying graphic design and were becoming increasingly dissatisfied by the work that we were producing. so in a bid to create larger work that was straddling the worlds of art and design we began to look into theatre and set design. at the core of our partnership was this need to make three dimensional, creatively-inspiring, sculptural work. working as a duo helps in this sense because we are both constantly challenging one another and bringing new references to the pot. also it motivates both of us to have another person to answer to and discuss ideas with

    your designs often influenced by science, what is it about these principles or ideas that inspire you?
    there is something about the rigidity of science that guides our creative minds; theories that are set in stone that cannot be argued with, or tampered with. we like the continuity of science, the permanence of it for explaining our intriguing planet and perhaps some of our more philosophical and fantastical ideas. scientific ideas have visually been quite poorly represented for some time, which upsets us because the principles of science are so visual and so exciting and the overly intellectual world of science should be opened up to creative minds

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