Exhibition 2018

The first of the LOoW exhibitions opens on January 25, 2018 6-9 pm at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Leaning Out of Windows – Step One

January 26-February 8, 2018
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, M. O’Brian Exhibition Commons + RBC Media Gallery

Videography: Scott Mallory
Music: Gabriel Koenig, “Wavelength Surf” from Nosmos album


Leaning Out of Windows, a research creation project, explores how knowledge might be translated across the disciplinary communities of art and physics in order to develop a shared understanding of the cosmos. The project assesses methodologies of collaboration to develop ways to engage with the diverse languages employed by artists and physicists, namely between Emily Carr University and TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. What is shared is a space of mutual inspiration informing each other’s work in the search for new and emergent understanding of scientific phenomena.

Twenty-seven artists working across a range of media including ceramics, collage, dance, drawing, installation, music composition, painting, photography, sculpture, sound, text and stereoscopic imaging were invited to respond to the topic selected by the physicists, Antimatter.

The search for Antimatter is complex and the concept not easily grasped, especially since it exists in theory and through mathematical principles. Various aspects of Antimatter resonated for the artists:

1. Antimatter is exactly like regular matter except for the fact that the particles that make it up have the opposite charges compared to regular matter.

2. A collision between any particle and antiparticle can lead to their mutual annihilation, giving rise to the release of intense energy. Because of these mutual annihilations after the big bang none of us should exist. Accordingly, physicists ask whether there was more matter than Antimatter which might explain the asymmetry that exists now.

3. There is a symmetry in physics called CPT that is maintained in all known processes. If you take the universe and everything in it and flip the electrical charge (C), invert everything as though through a mirror (P), and reverse the direction of time (T), then the base laws of physics all continue to work the same. In the case of Antimatter, this suggests that time reversal might exist.

Artists featured in exhibition:

Robert Bean, Garvin Chinnia, Jeff Derksen, Olivia de Fleuriot, Mimi Gellman, Maggie Groat, Diana Hanitzsch, Chris Jones, Vanessa Kwan, Khan Lee, Robin Lough, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Alana McFarlane, Giorgio Magnanensi, Scott Mallory, Kate Metten, Laura Piasta, Natalie Purschwitz, Rebecca Ramsey, Genevieve Robertson, Marina Roy, Evann Siebens, Heather Kai Smith, David Spriggs, Kathryn Wadel, Andrea Young, Etienne Zack

Scientist advisors:

Carla Babcock, Jonathan Bagger, Brad Barquest, Carla Barquest, Mike Bowry, Jess Brewer, Andrea Capra, Luca Egoriti, Nathan Evetts, Torben Ferber, Beatrice Franke, Makoto Fujiwara, Alexander Gottberg, Ewan Hill, Jason Holt,  Brian Kootte, Reiner Kreucken, Tim Meyer, David Morrissey, Art Olin, Marcello Pavan, Des Ramsay, Jēkabs Romans, Mark Scott, Edward Thoeng, Alex Wijangco, Nick Zacchia

Aesthetic Transformation advisors:

Elvira Hufschmid, Margit Schild                                       

This exhibition is the result of the first production phase, or Step One, and is curated by Randy Lee Cutler and Ingrid Koenig.