opening today at London’s Sumarria Lunn Gallery, David Rickard’s Time+Trace centres on Exhaust – a 24-hour experiment during which the artist collected his exhaled air for an entire day in a series of foil bags. other science-leaning works include mediations on constellations and pigeon droppings, random chance and, in Stored Capacity #1, the transmutation of lead into gold on heavily-laden shelves



chances are that – like us – you’re still waiting for that invite to the Nobel Prize awards and gala dinner in Oslo next week? thankfully, they’ll be screening the whole thing live – you can watch it over on super/reader. besides the actual awards, the week-long build up includes lectures by the laureates. we’re particularly looking forward to Physics award winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov’s talk about their work with graphene: a one atom thick carbon-based material that’s essentially a 2D solid (!)


_a graphene molecule under extreme magnification / Condensed Matter Physics Group, Univesity of Manchester

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the Biochemistry Department at Oxford University is internationally renowned for its research on understanding of DNA, cell growth and immunity. working 24h a day, researchers will use the shiny new labs to learn more about how cells work, which has already lead them to breakthroughs in malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, avian flu, cancer, strokes and other illnesses


_photo: Keith Collie

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throughout the building, specially commissioned art pieces bring the space to life, encouraging creative thinking and interdisciplinary working. visible here (L to R) are Annie Cattrell’s ‘chandelier’ of birds, Nicky Hirst’s Portal façade and Peter Fraser’s photographs of the building under construction


_photo: Keith Collie

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designed by HawkinsBrown, the brand new building features high-tech labs arranged around a tall central atrium. timber-clad and naturally ventilated, its glass ceiling is lined with small solar panels, visible here


_photo: Keith Collie


we don’t cover life sciences half as much as we should, so super/collider jumped at the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Biochemistry building at Oxford last week. an amazing fusion of art, architecture and leading-edge science, it’s a glimpse into new ways of encouraging creativity


_photo: Keith Collie


in his Formulas For Now project, über curator Hans Ulrich Obrist asked thinkers, artists and others to come up with a formula for the 21st century. as listed in the periodic table index shown here, contributors ranged from artists like Gilbert & George through to scientists like James Crick, who co-discovered the structure of DNA. their contributions vary from pretty clever to kind of half-assed, but the finished book (published this month by Thames & Hudson) provides an unique insight and, as Obrist puts it, “asks a very fundamental question of us all: what is your formula for now?” (answers to the usual address)


_periodic table of contents from Formulas for Now