Many of the general public are under the impression that scientists agree on everything and that the overall body of knowledge about the world is fixed by scientific experts. This can lead to a fascination with alternative science, conspiracy theories and irrational beliefs. As the title may suggest, theoretical physicists are still - even today - not in agreement about what gravity actually is, although the latest discoveries at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider are getting closer to a proof of the laws of physics. No Such Thing As Gravity is interested in working with scientists and artists who face up to, and address, these issues in an honest way, and demonstrate that, contrary to our expectations, science is a continuing quest for knowledge and that there are many unanswered mysteries to be resolved.
Curated by Rob La Frenais, the exhibition features work by Tania Candiani, Gina Czarnecki, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Nick Laessing, Nahum Mantra, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Helen Pynor and Sarah Sparkes. La Frenais has spent 17 years working with artists in scientific environments through science-art organisation The Art Catalyst, and explored many areas that were previously closed to artists, such as space agencies, nuclear facilities, bioscience research establishments and more.
Collaborations between artists and scientists are now more common than ever before, with opportunities for artists to undertake residencies in facilities such as CERN and the European Space Agency, and communities which support the development of new work such as Cafés Scientifique and DIY science. This climate makes now, more than ever, an interesting time to examine some of the fault-lines of science.
No Such Thing As Gravity will be accompanied by a public programme of talks, performances and screenings. FACT’s Learning team will also develop specific educational materials for primary and secondary schools, looking to enhance their experience of the the exhibition through experimental workshops and activities exploring the relationship between art and science.
Workshop: Face Lab with LJMU
Artist Talk: No Such Thing As Gravity
Performance: Voyage: A session for remembering with Nahum Mantra
Discussion: COLLIDE Roundtable
Workshop: Tarot Reading with Yin-Ju Chen
Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture 2016: Will Self