When my name was called out as the winner of the second iteration of the Liverpool Hope University and FACT Production residency I was overwhelmed with excitement! This new opportunity will give me experience as an artist in a gallery setting, based in FACT's production space FACTLab.
My name is Amy Worsley and I have just graduated from Liverpool Hope University. Hope and FACT have designed a unique residency that supports emerging artists. The two month residency provides resources in production, marketing of the final project, and the opportunity to actually exhibit at FACT.
I have learnt so much already just through being part of the application process, and aware of the exhibition's themes. No Such Thing As Gravity explores the communication between art and science, and how the collaboration could help develop insight in the unknown and truths science have provided us.
As part of the application, I was given the opportunity to part take in an event where I got to meet some talented scientists who specialised in anti-matter, dark energy and material properties. The event broadened the scope of the endless possibilities that my proposal could go in, with so many avenues I could explore. My work has always had some relation to the awareness of the human condition, and this outlook on the existence of the universe draws into my practice well.
I continued to stay in contact with the physicist with whom I was paired, and started my investigation into my project. The mystery behind the depletion of anti-matter when the universe formed, attracted me to working with James Hunt, a PHD student at the University of Liverpool. Hunt is working on the ELENA project that is attached to the CERN project, which focuses on decelerating antiproton for several experiments focusing on anti-gravity.
This was my first collaboration with a physicist, and I was in unfamiliar territory, learning about our existence and the theories as to why there is more matter than anti-matter in the present-day universe. With the knowledge Hunt provided me, I started to recognise the direction I wanted my art to go in.
The work I have suggested, is to create a platform for audience members to experience anti-matter, enhancing the senses of sight and hearing. By using data from ELENA (attached to the CERN project), I seek to convert the antiproton information into sound through a computer programme called Processing; by using a key, I will convert the sequence of numbers to sound. The aim is for visitors to be emerged in the sound of the information of antiprotons, to experience our primitive existence.
Today was my first meeting with the team at FACT to discuss the timeline for the production of the project, and how this could link in with No Such Thing As Gravity. The meeting with the team presented some relevant questions about my work; What is my aim? What sorts of sound should I choose to work with? And what sound would represent antimatter most effectively?
For an artwork to gather presence it requires a strong foundation, and these types of questions help to build the basis for my work - I am looking forward to what these next two months have in store for me!
Find out how Amy's project develops, with more blog updates coming soon!