Liquid Crystal Display

29 Sep 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

Event times

11 - 6pm Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat
11 - 8pm Thur
11 - 4pm Sun

Cost of entry


Site Gallery

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) proposes that we are living in a world of images supported and circulated by crystal mineral technologies.


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.


Angelica Sule

Laura Sillars

Exhibiting artists

Ann Lislegaard

Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway

Eva Rothschild

Suzanne Treister


Waad AlBawardi

Ruskin Collection

Anna Barham

Ralf Baecker

Penny McCarthy

Liliane Lijn

Mungo Ponton

Jennifer West

Kiki Smith

Karen David

The Otolith Group


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