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  • Worlds In Transit

    a journey to the land of the midnight sun to discover our true place in the solar system
    4-7 June 2012
    / Umeå, Sweden

    super/collider and Floda 31 have invited a group of leading creatives to travel with us to the remote Swedish wilderness to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event: the transit of Venus in summer 2012

    from our pristine vantage point amid the forests and fields of Northern Sweden, we’ll watch as the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun – its tiny black disk revealing the true scale of the universe. this rare cosmic alignment only happens twice every 243 years, meaning this is the last time we’ll all have the chance to see it… unless we live to see the year 2117



    because of the way the planets rotate and align, this otherworldly spectacle will only be visible from certain places on earth, so to get the best view we’ll be traveling north to the land of the midnight sun. our base will be Floda 31: a laboratory for innovation and creativity in one of the last remaining wildernesses of Europe, surrounded by ancient spruce forests just south of the Arctic Circle. there, amid the near-24hr sunshine of the summer months, we’ll explore how the planets rotate, what causes eclipses, how ancient astronomers first calculated such rare alignments and how the Transit of Venus helped – and is still helping – modern science to understand worlds both close-by and distant

    learn more about the Transit
    though the expedition is now full, we’ll be running a Transit of Venus event in London on 23 May to learn more about the Transit and how to see it for yourself – click here for more on this eventwww.transitofvenus.org

    what you’ll see on June 6
    it’s important to understand that you’ll not be able to look directly up at the sun or watch the landscape darken, like during a total lunar eclipse. because Venus is more distant, we’ll instead see the sun rise with a small black disk on it – our nearest celestial neighbour silhouetted against our nearest star. this will last several hours as Venus moves across the face of sun, culminating in the disk touching the edge of the solar disk before moving off into the inky blackness of space once again, not to be seen again for another 105 years. though lacking the drama of a sudden total eclipse, the Transit is a twice-in-a-lifetime event and those few who have seen it return with a greater understanding of our place in the cosmos…

    “It was moving to see the mechanics of the sky. To see a planet actually move in front of another gave me a visual sense of my location in space”
    – artist Wolfgang Tillmans, who photographed the transit in 2004

    “This sight… is by far the noblest astronomy affords”
    – astronomer Edmond Halley

    “To have seen even a part of a transit of Venus is an event to remember for a lifetime, and we felt more delight than can easily be expressed”
    – astronomer Robert Ball

     

    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles

    L'Indifférence Des Etoiles

    88 pages / 26 × 19 cm / hardback
    41 photographs / full colour offset
    first edition of 500

    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles (The Indifference of the Stars) is French photographer Julien Mauve’s first book. filled with juxtaposed images of deep space and our world, it is about the quest for meaning and the difficulty to live with the knowledge that we exist. somehow, the stars become a shelter for the mind and help us bear the briefness of human life

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    the cosmic desert

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    stretching more than 7000 square kilometres across the barren deserts of Western Tunisia, Chott el Djerid is a vast salt lake that extends to the stars. an ‘endorheic’ basin, it floods in winter with rainwater and run-off from the distant Atlas Mountains, with dissolved minerals forming delicate pinks, soft greens, baby blues and other subtly beautiful colours. as spring turns to summer, crystalline structures emerge as the fierce Saharan heat turns the shallow waterways into glittering desert once more…

    read more about Chott el Djerid’s cosmic connections in our latest Where On Earth column for AnOther

    ‘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

    Book B @ 
common room & co.

    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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    SUPER/COLLIDER X BOOK B

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    6-20 April 2017

    in tandem with the Hong Kong launch of our retrospective book, super/collider is pleased to present a two week pop-up shop at Book B, located inside the new mixed use space common room & co. in Hong Kong

    join us on Thursday 6 April to pick up a free copy of ten (while stocks last) and browse a selection of publications at the intersection of art and science…

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    Time Traveller by Seana Gavin

    TimeTraveller

    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

    £189
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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
    tickets are free for Second Home Members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

    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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    making plastic precious

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    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!

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    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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