Friday, 11 October 2013

Trajectory at Embrace Arts - Information

8th & 9th of November, 2013

Embrace Arts – Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester University.

A new installation by multi media composer, Andrew Williams developed as a part of his role as Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University’s Space Research Centre.

IMAGE: Dawn Chorus

Trajectory uses multi screen video projections and still images within a unique multi speaker audio installation composed using sound/data from space recorded by space craft, satellites and long wave radio. Continuously developing over two days it will present an artists perspective of our Earth, space, current research and future challenges for humanity.  

"The earth is the cradle of humankind, but one cannot live in the cradle forever."
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1895

Trajectory also includes interactive talks, debate & discussion, demonstrations and informal lectures exploring aspects of the work undertaken by the University’s Space Research Centre.

Trajectory includes an opportunity to experience and explore City Scan developed by Dr Roland Leigh: A pollution radar showing levels of air pollution across a City viewed in 3D using a gaming headset.

Events during Trajectory

3.00pm to 4.00pm on Friday 8th of November.

An informal lecture presentation by Dr Nigel Bannister:

A History of Space Craft Trajectory.

An entertaining lecture exploring the journey of understanding: from the apple falling on Isaac Newtons’ head to a space craft arriving at Jupiter. Featuring a live simulation of the European Space Agency mission to Jupiter (JUICE -Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) starting from Earth and arriving at Jupiter within the space of the presentation.

6.00pm – 8.00pm on Friday the 8th of November.

The Future of Space Research?

A chance to explore current space research, opportunities for artists and a potential future for humanity (what has space research ever done for us?) through discussion, installation art and informal presentations featuring (amongst others) Andrew Williams, Dr John Lees, Professor Alan Perkins, and Professor George Fraser (Space Research Director).

“Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind's focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation”.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Galinis-McNally Process

On the 16th of August (2013)  I was able to observe [and take photo's of] an extremely interesting experiment run by Michael McNally in the Physics Dept. at the University of Leicester. With the title of "Atomic Vapour Deposition on Liquid Jet" the process creates a solution containing nano particles using a relatively simple procedure. Information about this experiment and the work undertaken by Michael should be directed to the Physics Dept. as I am sure to provide incorrect information. However, I like some of the documentation images which are posted below:

IMAGE: Michael McNally preparing the experiment.
Liquid nitrogen being poured into the colling container.

IMAGE: Plasma forming above a silver disc.

IMAGE: The liquid Jet containing nano particles entering the colling vessel.
The Liquid Jet is key to the experiment, but it proved very difficult to obtain a clear,
in focus image as it is very small, very fast and in a dark space.

IMAGE: Another angle of the Jet. I have put a box around where I think the Jet is.

IMAGE: Sample bottles (clearly labelled MIKE) They have been arranged in colour order
indicating different strengths of solution which my shallow
depth of field does not show well - but looks nice.
Image: Valve from the liquid nitrogen container -
included here just because I like the image.

Image: Plasma ring with the Jet nossel in view.