MONOPOLES: an exhibition about art and physics

Ugly Duck | Frid  28 – Sun 30 October 2016

Monopoles Ugly Duck

Monopoles Ugly Duck

Monopoles brings the search for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) into a Bermondsey art space. The weekend will open with an evening of screenings, performance and a talk by Professor Arttu Rajantie (Imperial College, London), a leading authority on magnetic monopoles.

The monopole is a hypothetical particle with only one magnetic pole. If found, it would change how we think about space, time and the universe. In collaboration with physicists at Imperial College London, and co-curated by Yates Norton and Emma Stirling, Monopoles is a new cross-disciplinary exhibition that brings scientists and artists together to explore anti-intuitive ideas that test the boundaries of our knowledge.


Fri 28 – Sun 30 October 2016

Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL

Admission free

Exhibition events

Friday 28 Oct, 6-8.30pm: Exhibition Opening

7pm: ‘Magnetic Monopoles’, a talk by Professor Arttu Rajantie (Imperial College)

7.30pm: a short play by Ewen Maclachlan

Saturday 29 Oct, 12 noon-6pm

2-3pm: ‘This Tremendous World of Interconnecting Hierarchies’, a talk by artist Geraldine Cox (artist in residence, Imperial College) on nature and physics

4-4:45pm: Theory and Experiment, a conversation with Yates Norton (art historian), Oliver Gould (physicist), Thomas Haworth (astrophysicist) and Santiago Cabrera Marquez (physicist)

Sunday 30 Oct, 12 noon-6pm

4-4.30pm: ‘What is a particle?’ Giulia Ferlito (physicist)

Also featuring works by

Anna Moser
Burleigh Morton
Christopher Gonzalez-Crane
Ella Wearing
Emily Kloppenburg
Ewen Maclachlan
Iain Woods
Jocelyn Spaar
Karen Loader
Kieran Bruce
Laurie Lewis
Natalia Jaeger
Rose Pickles
Sophie Seita
Thomas Laprade & Aaron Lehman

And recorded talks by

Fiora Salis
Genevieve Marciniak

Space and time bend. Intuition falters. What do we really know? Monopoles is a weekend of exhibitions, talks and performances featuring cutting edge physics alongside award-winning art, film, poetry and music.


Professor Arttu Rajantie is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. He is a member of the Theoretical Physics group and his research focuses on applications of quantum field theory in cosmology and particle physics, and he is also involved in the MoEDAL experiment at the LHC. In summer 2015, he led the Monopole Quest exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. He is in charge of admissions to the MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces.

Anna Moser is an artist and a doctoral candidate in English at New York University. She is also co-director of the Organism for Poetic Research (, and editor of Pelt vol. 3, “Feminist Temporalities” (Spring 2016). She has studied the intersection of word and image at Yale University, Cambridge University, and the Norfolk/Yale School of Art.

Burleigh Morton holds a degree in History from Union College, Schenectady NY and a Masters of Fine Art from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. As a 2010-11 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he spent the year circumnavigating the globe, photographing international maritime trade and labor.

Christopher Gonzalez-Crane is an artist and researcher with an interest in the topics of lifestyle, well-being and self-help. He holds a Master of research from the London Consortium and is currently a PhD candidate in Humanities and Cultural studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. His writing and photography has appeared in Eros Journal. Past project and speaking engagements include a research methods workshop for the artist space Auto-Italia South-East, and a conference paper on vernacular trends in early 20th century Los Angeles.

Ella Wearing obtained her BA in Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art in 2012 and her MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2016. Ella has exhibited in and curated various group exhibitions in the UK and the US, and was a contributor for Central Saint Martins academic arts journal ‘Unknown Quantities’ in 2014.

Emma Stirling is a writer and artist working mainly in performance and theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and is artistic director of Recursion Co, a cross arts company. Recently Emma was commissioned by The Yard Theatre and Ovalhouse for a performance piece in collaboration with theatremaker Nick Finegan. Her cross-disciplinary work explores the intersections between live and video performance and has been funded and supported by Arts Council England.

Emily Kloppenburg lives and works in New York, NY. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2016, and a BA from Vassar College in 2011. Emily has exhibited at Ortega y Gasset Projects (2016), Finished Goods Warehouse (2016), Black & White Gallery Project Space (2016), The Fisher Landau Center for Art (2016), The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (2016 & 2015), The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University (2016), Judith Charles Gallery (2015), and ArtSpace New Haven (2014).

Ewen Maclachlan is a playwright whose plays have been performed in London, Edinburgh and Paris, amongst others.

Fiora Salis is a Marie-Sk?odowska Curie Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the LSE. Previously, Fiora was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Philosophy Centre of the University of Lisbon in 2012-2015. Fiora has been a Research Associate at CPNSS since 2013, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, SAS, University of London in 2014-2015, and a visiting member of eidos – The Centre for Metaphysics at the University of Geneva in 2012. Fiora holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona, a Master in Cognitive Science and Language from the same university, and a Master in Philosophy and History of Ideas from the University of Turin.

Genevieve Marciniak studied Modern History at Oxford University before moving on to the Courtauld Institute of Art to pursue an MA specialising in late medieval Italian painting. Interested in the continuing relevance of medieval visual cultures to contemporary art, she has carried out research for a number of contemporary galleries, before working at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Saatchi Gallery, and V&A, where she currently works in the Development department in support of the Museum’s exhibition programme.

Geraldine Cox is an award winning artist who originally trained in physics before studying painting. Since 2011 she has been working at the Imperial College London, Department of Physics on her project ‘Finding Patterns’, which searches for new ways to communicate our knowledge to more minds. Geraldine is recipient of multiple awards that include two Arts Council Awards and the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award. In 2013 the Imagine Science Film Festival selected two of her short films for screening in New York. Other recent exhibitions include ‘Beyond Ourselves’ at the Royal Society, ‘Poems about Light’ at Imperial College and the MK Fringe National Painting Prize where Geraldine was a finalist. Geraldine works in varied media: drawing, painting, writing and film through to large scale installations.

Iain Woods is a British experimental recording, performance and video artist whose work also spans sculpture, assemblage, drawing and web-based projects. His work re-appropriates the music industry format of the ‘album campaign’ for a fine-art context. His current project ‘psychologist’ is an examination of the self, the psyche and the shamanic and takes the form of a pop album, a video-suite, ten ‘assemblages’, hundreds of works on paper, a series of photographic self-portraits and a series of sculptures.

Jocelyn Spaar’s poems, translations, and artwork have appeared in Bridge, Gigantic, The Magazine of the Artist’s Institute, The Paper Nautilus, The Paris Review Daily, Stonecutter, Storychord, Vice, and elsewhere. She has translated work for Archipelago and New Directions, and, with Kit Schluter, translated Amandine André’s Circle of Dogs, which she also illustrated (Solar Luxuriance, 2015). She is the illustrator of Cream by Cecilia Corrigan (Capricious, 2016). She has exhibited her artwork at the 2ANNAS film festival, Apt. 302, The Bridge PAI, Knockdown Center, NOoSPHERE Arts, and Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair.

Karen Loader was born in Bearsted, Kent and now lives and works in London. After a career in television as a Production Manager, she went on to study art at the University of East London and graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1999. Since then she has divided her time between her own art practice and working as a freelance administrator and curator. She has exhibited widely in London and her art is in many private collections. She is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Her practice uses colour and geometry to explore spatial relationships, both physical and psychological. The drawings in this exhibition are made by mapping the geometries in the work of Piero della Francesca.

Kierán Bruce is currently under taking his final year of part two masters in architecture at the University of Greenwich. His background lies predominantly in art and design and he has worked in architectural practices on a range of different residential projects. In the intervening years between his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, he worked on a variety of his own personal projects and freelance jobs collaborating with designers and fabricators for temporary installations.

Laurie Lewis is an award-winning photographer whose photographs are featured in national public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. After studying fine art and film in the UK and the US, Laurie went to onto photograph numerous bands and renowned individuals, including Rudolf Nureyev, Vivienne Westwood, Diana Ross, amongst several others. A long-standing photographer for the Independent newspaper, he has also photographed countless productions at the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera. Laurie’s photographic work is uniquely shot only in film.

Oliver Gould is a doctoral student in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the search for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider. Along with Professor Arttu Rajantie, he helped run the Monopole Quest exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Rose Pickles completed a BA in Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to Paris, working for an Architectural practice and a film/theatre collective. In 2011 she returned to London to do an MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins on an AHRC scholarship. Her final piece was selected for Axiwebs MAstars. Following her MA she worked as a Set Designer for an immersive theatre company while studying Art Direction at the School of Communication Arts 2.0. She now works as an art director at a London advertising agency. Rose has exhibited at various places including The British Library, The BFI and European Planetary Science Conference at UCL.

Yates Norton is a graduate of Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and he completed his Masters at the Courtauld Institute, London, researching the history and theory of ornament. His artistic practice includes collaborations with poets and artists in London, Cambridge, Berlin and New York. In addition to his curatorial work, he works closely with artists and writes essays on both historical and current artistic work. He now works as an artist liaison and art consultant in London.

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