WHAT MATTERS (AURA)

Hand blown glass, tensile netting, LEDs. 2017
5.6m x 6m x 7m

WHAT MATTERS consisted of two immersive installations at St Oswold’s Church and Churchyard, part of Lumiere Durham 2017, commissioned by Artichoke. 

In the churchyard fragments from 'The Scattering' appeared to have pulled together to form complex matter, depicted by glass ‘bubbles’ arranged in clusters and held in place by a ‘web’ - a tensile surface of sculpted lightweight netting suspended between 5 large trees. The web appeared as a trace of an invisible surface, suspending the glass and light in space and creating cloud-like swirling auras, reminiscent of cosmic structures.

The church of St Oswald’s, a medieval church with iconic stained glass windows (William Morris), provided the setting for the installations, which were developed with assistance from the Institute of Computational Cosmology. Looking at the meaning of computational simulation, projecting light through the glass in order to introduce the aspect of consciousness into the model and inviting the question: “What Matters?”.