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ArtScience Museum, Singapore

I am delighted to announce that this month I am beginning a new chapter in my career, as the incoming Executive Director of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. After four amazing and rewarding years at Lighthouse in Brighton in the UK, and more than a decade in Europe, I will be relocating to Singapore to explore how we articulate the resonances and dissonances between art and science, within the context of the museum.

The ArtScience Museum opened in February 2011, and has since established itself as a major venue for exhibitions by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Vincent Van Gogh and Charles and Ray Eames, as well as thematic exhibitions exploring aspects of scientific history. I am looking forward to working with the brilliant team at the museum, and their advisory board, on taking the museum into the future.

I am also extremely excited about building new networks and collaborations with colleagues in Singapore and in Asia, so if you’re based in the region, please drop me a line. I’m @honorharger on Twitter.

It has been an extraordinary four years at Lighthouse, and I am tremendously proud of my team and what they have achieved in the time we’ve worked together. I am thrilled we were able to stage exhibitions by groundbreaking artists such as Trevor Paglen and David Blandy; commission new work from the likes of Semiconductor, Hide&SeekThe Otolith Group and co-found Brighton Digital Festival, which is helping make Brighton one of the fastest growing and most successful digital hubs in the country. It am plead to see the 17 short films we commissioned with the British Film Institute through the BFI Shorts programme starting to find their way into the world, with SLR, the first of the films to be released online, reaching an audience of over 200,000 since it’s launch month.

Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones. Exhibited at Lighthouse, September-October 2013.

Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones. Exhibited at Lighthouse, September-October 2013.

I am particularly pleased we have been able to create space for creative practitioners who occupy a space between art, technology, architecture, and design, such as James Bridle, Timo Arnall, Liam Young, Tobias Revell, Anab Jain and Tom Armitage, to show their work in a receptive and critically engaged context. I believe there has never been a more important time to illustrate how technology is changing society, and these are the practitioners who are making the most cogent, insightful and urgent work which gives us glimpses how this process is evolving. I very much hope to be able to engage with these areas of practice in my new role in Singapore.

The ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Looking ahead, it is an extremely exciting time to working in an institution which operates at the intersection between art and science. I have a deep, sincere passion for art and science, and for those of us for those of us who follow both fields, the lines between them tend to become blurry. More than ever, now science is at the heart of everyday life and there’s an urgent need to engage society more widely and deeply with what that means. Increasingly to me, it has become clear that science is culture. I look forward to articulating that through our work at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

I’m around in the UK for another week or so, so if you’d like to say hi, drop me a line. And from the end of the month, I’ll be in Singapore, so if that’s where you are, please do get in touch.

Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS

A Very Dark Matter
A talk for Connections, Clearleft, Brighton,, UK
https://ti.to/clearleft/connections-1-weak-signals
by Honor Harger, 4 February 2014

Credits and References

Thank you to all the artists and scientists who inspired this talk.

Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/

Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

Title slide: Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryogenic_Dark_Matter_Search

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in introduction:

data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda (2010) exhibited at transmediale.10, Berlin
Swell by Anthony McCall (2006), exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sudnerland, as part of AV Festival 2006
from one to many by Yvette Mattern (2010), shown at transmediale.10, Berlin
Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth
They Watch the Moon (2010) in Geographies of Seeing by Trevor Paglen (2012) at Lighthouse, October-November 2012: http://is.gd/paglen
– Adam Rutherford, speaking at Lighthouse, February 2013: http://is.gd/adamrutherford
Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman
Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall (2011) shown at Invisible Fields, Barcelona 2011-12: http://is.gd/invisible
Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, shown at Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
Radio Astronomy by r a d i o q u a l i a (2004-2008): http://www.radio-astronomy.net

Projects/quotations referenced in Dark Matter section:
– CERN: http://home.web.cern.ch
– Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryogenic_Dark_Matter_Search
– Dark Matter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter
– Dark Energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_energy
– Post-Planck dark matter graph: http://sciexplorer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/dark-matter.html
– Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS)
– Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment (LUX): http://lux.brown.edu/LUX_dark_matter/Home.html
– Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02): http://www.ams02.org/
– Trojan Horses and Dark Matter: A strategic design vocabulary’, by Dan Hill:
http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2012/08/dark-matter-trojan-horses-strategic-design-vocabulary.html

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in Heliocentrics section:

– Quotations by Douglas Kahn from “Radio was discovered before it was invented” (2006): http://rixc.lv/06/en/1.html & http://is.gd/kahnquote
Aeriology by Joyce Hinterding, exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, as part of AV Festival 2008: http://is.gd/aeriology
20Hz by Semiconductor, co-commissioned by Lighthouse for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/20_hz
– Kepler-37b story via “NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System”, 20 February 2013: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-066
5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun by Caroline Devine (2012): http://is.gd/5_minute
– BiSON, the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham: http://bison.ph.bham.ac.uk/index.php?page=bison

My thanks to Douglas Kahn, who’s work inspired the first part of this section, including the anecdote about Thomas Watson.

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in Beyond the Pale Blue Dot section:

Harnessing Wild Electricities from Outer Space by Thomas Ashcraft 2011-12, produced for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
Time Dilation Experiments by Thomas Ashcraft: http://is.gd/timedilation
– Quotations by Thomas Ashcraft from an interview on National Public Radio, quoted in “Thomas Ashcraft: Artist as Electro-receptor” (2009): http://www.improvisedlife.com/2009/11/17/thomas-ashcraft-artist-as-electroreceptor/
– Radio and Plasma Wave Group at The University of Iowa: http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/
– Image of Galileo spacecraft drifting in space after deployment from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, October 1989: http://is.gd/galileodrifting
– Quotation from Donald Gurnett from the NASA Solar System Explorer website: http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov/sounds.cfm
– Image of the RWPS antenna, on-board Cassini: http://cassini.physics.uiowa.edu/cassini/hardware.html
sideralia #01 ionosphere by TeZ and Honor Harger, released on leerraum, 2010: http://is.gd/sideralia

Thank you to Thomas Ashcraft, Don Gurnett and his team the University of Iowa and TeZ.

Artworks/projects referenced in The Outer Limits section:

– Projects by Katie Paterson: http://www.katiepaterson.org/
Works referenced:
Ancient Darkness TV (2009)
100 Billion Suns (2011)
Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008)
All the Dead Stars (2009)
– Quotation by Katie Paterson from “Interview with Katie Paterson on Rhizome” (2010): http://rhizome.org/editorial/2010/jun/16/interview-with-katie-paterson/

Works/projects/quotations referenced in Quantum Leap section:

– Images of simulations of the Higgs boson, ATLAS group, CERN: https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/AtlasPublic/HiggsPublicResults
– Quotation by Neil Turok from “The Cyclic Universe: A Talk With Neil Turok” on Edge (2007): http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/turok07/turok07_index.html
– Images of the Large Hadron Collider, from CERN: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/accelerators/large-hadron-collider
– The LHC Sound Project: http://lhcsound.hep.ucl.ac.uk/
– Quotation by Lily Asquith from “Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider” by Andrew Prince, NPR (2011): http://is.gd/asquith
– LHC Sound Project interpretation of how an emerging and decaying Higgs Boson may sound: http://is.gd/lhcsound