Liquid Crystals, Phosphor-fluorescence and the New-Old.

24 Mar 2012

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 56 and 30 stop outside, 106,38,55,242,243,176,48 stop 1 min round corner on Amhurst road
  • National Express from Liverpool street to Hackney Downs, Hackney Central is a quick 2 min walk round the corner

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This talk will range over recent digital screen artworks - from the super-kitsch of nanoart to some of the recent mobilisations of liquid crystals in art. Liquid crystals are considered here as aesthetic objects, or even subjects, spirited points of colour and light that dance across our screens.
Liquid crystals are the fundamental matter of the screens that pervade our world, in PCs, tablets, TVs. These LCs, which have embedded themselves in our environments, come into visibility in new ways through the processes of art. Liquid crystals conjure up a flexibility in the image - allowing pixel-by-pixel alterations. They also brighten up the rainbow, admixing colour and light to make viewing surfaces with eye-candy appeal.
In this talk fluorescent and phosphorescent screen appeal is considered in the glaucous light of the oceans we once called home - that peculiar gleam is both ancient and modern and entirely natural. It will also think about these screen glows and screen hues as revelatory emanations of futurity - synthetic, chemical and shocking and possibly heralding new knowledge, in the way that X-Rays once did too.


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