The Superposition is a loose affiliation of artists, scientists and makers in Leeds city-region who share an interest in interdisciplinary research, technology, art and the use of materials and process.
‘Superposition’ is a technical term in quantum mechanics, which describes an object which can exist in more than one location/ state simultaneously. Over the last three years we have been organising an ongoing programme of events and experimental organisational structures to explore areas of crossover between the working practices of artists, scientists and makers.
New Website coming soon until then please see our next event for autumn 2015
Wednesday 21st October 6-8pm @ THE BRUNSWICK 82 North St, Leeds LS2 7PN
Phoenix Dance Theatre will be discussing TearFall, a new dance piece inspired by the exploration of the biochemical make up of tears, and how their appearance and composition is affected by different emotional states. Supported by the Welcome Trust and developed in partnership with Professor Sir John Holman from York University and dramaturge Lou Cope, TearFall looks at the differences between how tears function and how they are perceived, asking why we cry, what happens when we laugh until we cry.
Dr. John Stell is both process based artist and senior lecturer in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds working in the field of Artificial Intelligence. His main area of expertise is knowledge representation and reasoning for spatial information. This involves mathematical and logical structures for dealing with information that may be vague and uncertain as well as varying over time and dependent on level of detail. The work builds on a variety of various fields of research including qualitative spatial reasoning, rough set theory, and mathematical morphology.
Infinite Perspective Vortex is a 1.7 metre tall cylindrical tank that holds a binary fluid system within which is created a fluid mechanic flow. Created in response to a commission opportunity from The School of Mathematics at University of Leeds an idea was developed to utilise the school’s specialism in fluid mechanics as the basis for a large-scale kinetic sculpture. Dom Hopkinson and Lawrence Molloy discuss the process & model of collaboration in the creation of this artwork.
From 6m kinetic sculptures, laser zoopraxiscope cloud projectors, slime mould mazes, 3m diffraction sculptures, transient graffiti to invisible sculptures. More information about each project as we develop the new website.
bioLeeds, a daughter project of Superposition that focuses on biology, has organised three participatory public events, including two pop-up bioLeeds market stalls in Leeds and Huddersfield markets, and a sandpit process in which artists, scientists and makers spent an afternoon in conversations to generate ideas for collaboration. This process led to a number of ongoing projects, including Archibio and Weaving Proteins which both explore the potential of translation between different disciplines to create new knowledge.
We aim to present 6 bi-monthly Superposition events over the course of a year These consist of a talk, performance or presentation by an Artist, a Scientist and a Maker followed by an open discussion. These can cover: an area of research, an ongoing project, a proposal for a project but fundamentally share the working processes of each disipline.
The hope is that these talks will attract interest, support and nurture collaboration resulting in new and exciting processes and production.
We often meet in the pack horse pub near Leeds University to discuss all things relating to Art, Science and Maker cultures. Please join the google group to begin a conversation.
From the start, Superposition has thought of collaboration as a triangle of artist, scientist and maker rather than in the way that it’s more usually structured as a dyad of artist and scientist. We’d like to invite people into our conversations who can help us develop our approach. Therefore, the group is open for anyone to contribute to; involvement and collaboration are the only criteria for membership. If its interesting, possible and enough people engage with the idea it will get done.
We have a saying that the process builds Superposition, the people build the projects. Only openness and engagement makes stuff happen, so feel free to join in. Please see the About page for more information. We are in the slow process of collating our archive and updating the website so please bear with us if any links are broken or spaces unpopulated.