15 August 2011

My task today was to delve inside the new exhibition, Worlds in the Making.

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It is the first solo exhibition of Semiconductor, a marvellous duo, Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt.  As you enter the gallery you first encounter a friendly usher, then catch sight of not one, not two, but THREE colossal sized screens. As I sit and watch, a culmination of several years work strikes from a blackout.

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The exquisite animation and volcano footage lasts for a wonderful and whopping number of 25 minutes. This jam packed visual installation is compact with visual data and sounds of microclimates. What more could you want?  This fascinating piece of artwork is beautifully shot with gripping footage of volcanoes erupting into a stunning blue sky.  It makes you wonder how something so breathtaking can cause so much destruction. From the captivating world of art and science I was never disinterested.  Time flew and unfortunately it was over. 

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Leading on, I went in the Media Lounge, which is transformed into the ScienceFun Fair. The room was loaded with four tables, each one with a different science project. All created by year 6 pupils from Pleasant Street Primary School; I played with each experiment and can proudly say it was ‘Fun’. Participating in the investigations, you not only feel that you have ‘the power’ when you bash the discs in the Visible Vibration experiment, but you also get an insight of science. In the corner of the space you will also find a collection of artwork. Why not come into the ScienceFun Fair and produce your own artwork and spread your knowledge for the world to see.  It’s extremely fun and clever, just down right great for the family. 

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Jane’s first brush with FACT was as part of our Network Enterprise Team back in Summer 2009. Jane has now completed her GCSE's at The Academy of St Francis of Assisi and we are lucky to have her working with us over the Summer Holidays as she eagerly waits her GSCE results!

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Semiconductor: Worlds in the Making runs until 11 September. Galleries are open 12noon – 6pm Monday – Friday and Sunday then 11am – 6pm on Saturday. Entry is FREE.