David Cheeseman | Slime Mould Logic

20 May 2016 – 18 Jun 2016

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Wednesday - Saturday, 12.00 - 18.00


London, United Kingdom


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  • Angel, Highbury & Islington
  • Essex Road

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For his solo exhibition at Tintype, David Cheeseman has created a new sculptural installation that references the dynamics of slime mould organisms as well as paying homage to Duchamp and physicist Roger Penrose.


Tintype is pleased to announce David Cheeseman’s forthcoming solo show Slime Mould Logic. David Cheeseman primarily works with sculpture, installation and photography and his work often has an interdisciplinary focus.

Slime Mould Logic refers to mould organisms that can live freely as single cells but aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive ‘slime’ structures. Slime mould is the common name for these amorphous, delicate and changeable amalgams.

Studies of slime mould have tracked how the organisms are able to navigate towards foods or hosts in an incredibly resourceful way, almost as if they have an emergent intelligence. David Cheeseman was struck by the fact that although slime mould is a highly sophisticated process, it is the result of basic behaviour emerging from simple processing systems; a binary intelligence that both underpins biology and forms the essential algorithmic process of the computer. 

Slim Mould Logic references this emerging organic and artificial computing process. The works are constructed from ancient bog oak, silver birch, steel, bronze gauze, glass, neodymium magnets and magnetic putty. Cheeseman’s installation of sculpture is informed by specific links and analogies. “They pay homage to Duchamp’s Comb and Three Standard Stoppages whilst interpolating the mathematical theory and periodic tiling of Roger Penrose”.

Cheeseman links Penrose – the eminent mathematical physicist and his discovery of a remarkable family of geometric forms (Penrose tiles) – ­with Duchamp’s early conceptual works, teasing out a belief in process over substance.

David Cheeseman is particularly interested in the methodologies and materiality of science. He was awarded the Gulbenkian Rome Scholarship in Sculpture and The Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture at Coventry University. Last year he completed a residency at The Lydney Park Estate in association with Matts Gallery London and also presented a Fig.2 at the ICA in collaboration with Ole Hagan and astrophysicist Roberto Trott.

Exhibiting artists

David Cheeseman


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