2300 suspended fragments of hand blown glass bubbles, steel, projectors. 2017
13m x 5m x 4m

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

Inside the church thousands of hand blown glass fragments were suspended from the roof and allowed to turn naturally on their axis. White light was ‘painted’ through each coloured fragment, filling the church with ever-changing spectral optics. Arranged according to stages of cosmic evolution from the very early stages of the universe just after the Big Bang and before the formation of denser particles that preceded the ‘scattering of light’, the glass was coordinated according to a spectrum of colours embedded in spherical sections derived from the image of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR, 'relic radiation').

Moving out into the churchyard these fragments 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. 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 two works were developed with assistance from the Institute of Computational Cosmology and look 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?”.