July 20th 2019 // A quiet choreography of scissors and glue
With two more days until I am in the studio with the dancers I have spent the week gathering materials, creating mood boards and lettng my mind daydream a bit more (as opposed to the busy planning, emials and travel booking for the last few weeks).
I am exploring this time how collage can influence my choreographic practice. It feel like a similar act when I get into flow with a table full of images, colors and textures and end up with a composition that speaks something unique to it’s individual parts.
In line with the theme of this piece, ‘Bodies In Space’, I have tasked myself with gatehring images from the largest and smallest things in our world, and find ways to put them together. It’s my quiet choreography of scissiors snd glue, and its going to be really interesteing to see how we can use these in the studio next week.
- Edinburgh Collage Collective has the most fabulous Instagram for ideas @edinburghcollagecollective
July 12th 2019 // Can we create sound from atoms? Diving into the research
Over the past 6 weeks leading up to the R&D for ‘Bodies In Space’ I have been doing some extraordinary research about our universe – specifically at the largest and smallest scale. The smallest scale is proving to be the most difficuly – because surely it’s impossible to create sound derived from something on an atomic scale – right?
Well, just a few days ago we came across a gold mine… a physicist names Jill Linz from the Dept. of Physics, Skidmore College in New York who speciliases in composing atom music. She has a body of data that correlates the colors that appear in the atomic spectra of each element with audible tones (nearest notes and frequencies), and has generously provided us with this infomation for ‘the building blocks of life’ – sulphur, phosphorus, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen. How cool! Dougie is working hard now to put these together with the sounds from the Kepler telescope. I can’t wait to hear the outcome.
With more questions about how these atoms actually behiaved, I spoke today with Hugh Mortimer, a planetary scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and specialist in outreach projects that bring science and the arts together. While on the phone I found myself drawing all kinds of wild diagrams in my notebook quickly capturing what he was explaining. For example, the movement of atoms, “what happens”, he explained, “is they get energised, jump up, move very quickly and then settle down, and it’s only when they settle down that they emit light waves that we can read”. We ended the conversation aggreeing that common in both worlds of art and science is imagination and creativity – these jumping atoms probably look very different in both of our notebooks but we are still talking about the same thing.
Curious? Below are a few links that I have found inspiring:
- Live video feed from the International Space Station of our Earth in real time: https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESRS/HDEV/
- The daily video of the sun is a near real time view of our nearest star from a NASA satellite called the Solar Dynamics Observatory: https://www.space-science.co.uk/the-sun-now
- Space is the Place – a unique collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel http://citiesandmemory.com/space