06 Dec 2016
Liliane Lijn is an artist whose career in art and science spans five decades and includes a residency at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley.
In this talk she will share her extraordinary artistic and scientific research into light.
As well as discussing her practice, Liliane will talk about her historical understandings of light from the past millennia, draw upon her readings in Tibetan Buddhism and share her insights into physics and astronomy.
In 1961 Lijn lived in New York where she first worked with plastics and experimented with reflection, motion and light, as well as conducing her intitial research projects into invisibility at MIT.
During Lijn's residency at the Space Sciences Lab she and astronomer John Vallerga created Solar Hills – a large scale solar installation in the landscape, which they developed using their own spectroheliostats.
Another outcome of Lijn’s NASA residency was Stardust Ruins – an installation using aerogel and video projections.
Her works will be included in the forthcoming exhibitions: Beat Generation, ZKM, Karlsruhe, The City Sculpture Project, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds and Spiritualized, IMMA, Dublin.
Liliane will be in conversation with Johanna Kieniewicz – Head of Outreach and Engagement at the Institute of Physics.
Johanna has a background in earth and planetary science, as well as art, she has a long-standing interest in art/science collaborations.
Past projects include the IOP/Tate Modern collaboration Light and Dark Matters, writing on art and science for the blog At the Interface, and the British Library exhibitions Beautiful Science and Encounters between Art and Science (latter in partnership with Central Saint Martins).
Currently, she is working on the development a gallery space for the new IOP building in Kings Cross that will open in 2018.
Tickets are free for members and £3 non-members.
All proceeds from our cultural programme go to the Kibera Hamlets school in Nairobi, where Second Home has funded the construction of a new school building designed by our architects Selgas Cano.