Building on the work of leading contemporary artists of our time, LCD suggests we now inhabit a ‘crystal era’. Historically associated with mystical healing, gazing and alchemical practices, crystals are prevalent in computers, mobile phones and state-of-the-art projection and medical equipment. At the heart of a laser-beam is a vibrating crystal; touch-screen technologies are enabled by liquid crystals and the optical cables that keep us connected are the antecedents of experiments with this extraordinary material substance.
LCD takes shape around an ambitious new commission by artist Anna Barham, titled Crystal Fabric Field. Based on the fundamental geometric form of naturally growing crystals, the sculpture operates as a cabinet of curiosities, housing artworks by 16 other artists, all exploring the material possibilities of crystals. The works examine and observe liquid crystal phenomena, revealing the mystical properties of objects, linking technology and the natural world and exploring links between crystal, capital and contemporary culture.