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Through the 2011/2012 academic year I worked as artist in residence at the University of Plymouth, under the aa2a scheme, and then continued the collaboration informally through 2012/2013. In this project I utilised the University's letterpress and print studios in order to make a book that is based on time spent as artist in a science laboratory.

Much of my creative practice is stimulated by a fascination in the creation of knowledge, the giving up of old ideas that is integral following the formation of new information, and the mechanisms of the subsequent dissemination of new views. I am intrigued by the politics of control of information, and the popularisation of ideas; of cultural evolution and notions of progress. I have been working in collaboration with a group of physicists at the University of Surrey, who are developing future technologies based on the integration of light and electricity, in a subject called Silicon Photonics. I am interested in the role that I can play (if any) as uninformed interloper in the development of comprehension and the wider dissemination of this groundbreaking science.

The use of information sources, and the implications of trustworthiness and reliability that the source endows upon information, are also of interest to me. I find the original texts of earlier thinkers (for example Isaac Newton’s publications, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks) fascinating and alluring in both aesthetic and intellectual senses.

In a process bringing these various themes together, my work under the auspices of the aa2a scheme in the Print workshops is to create a book that straddles the worlds of information and misinformation. In a time where information can be instantaneously splattered to a mass global audience, is there value in a beautifully crafted, partially inaccurate book, of which only a single copy is ever made?

 
         
     
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