Draft research statement

Recently I was tasked with writing a research statement that will sit alongside my work for exhibition. It’s only 150 – 250 words, but has been a challenge and is due for completion on 24th July for the NUA online catalogue.

The task:

This should include a summary of the project, which should include the aims of the research you have undertaken, and the context in which you are working.

At this stage you can prepare for this in a number of ways. Bullet points of key areas to mention, and/or text taken from your Masters proposals are both good ways to start. In the workshop we will look at ways that you can develop or refine your statements.

Draft 1

“Particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe.” (CERN, 2014)

Andrew has collaborated with Dr. Don Lincoln, Fermilab, to explore the fundamental theories that explain our physical existence based on the latest physics research. The project explores the concept that ordinary matter is made from small “particles”. Ordinary matter is the kind that makes up everything familiar to you: you, your family, the Earth. The Higgs boson is the leading candidate explanation for the origin of the masses of point-like subatomic particles. The work is a visual metaphor that aims to visualise the Higgs field (dark energy) to show that we are all made from these small building blocks held together by forces invisible to us. The core intention is to inspire an interest in particle physics, provoke further discussion on the subject and visualise the latest scientific theories via an interactive installation in an accessible way.

I received the following key feedback from my peers:

Feedback 1

Feedback 1

Feedback 2

Feedback 2

  • Why? Why have I created this project
  • Who? Who is this for?
  • How? Why is this a method that works?
  • What? What did I explore?
Chris Milk - The Treachery of Sanctuary (2014)

Chris Milk – The Treachery of Sanctuary (2014) – Barbican

Draft 2

Everything in the universe, including the most complex object we are aware of, the human brain, can simply be explained by the unseen interactions of subatomic particles and the four forces that interact upon them; the strong and weak forces that hold an atom’s nucleus together, electromagnetism that bind atoms to one another and gravity. Andrew’s research explores this strange macroscopic world that is invisible to us, yet fundamental to our existence. Bound is a visual metaphor that explores the tiny building blocks we are created from and the invisible forces that hold them together.

During the course of the research and creation of Bound, Andrew has collaborated with Dr. Don Lincoln, Fermilab, to explore cutting-edge research in particle physics and apply it to an interactive installation that utilises some of the latest 3D camera scanning techniques. This technology allows the creation of immersive and interactive motion graphics that react to both movement and sound. Similar techniques have been recently employed by digital artist Chris Milk in his installation The Treachery of Sanctuary (2014) at the Barbican.

Bound aims to inspire a further interest in particle physics by provoking discussion on the subject and visualising the latest scientific theories via an interactive installation in a way that is accessible and engaging to a broad audience.

“Particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe.” (CERN, 2014)

Final note

More refinements may take place based on feedback prior to Thursday, when I will publish the final version on here. In the meantime all feedback is appreciated!

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2 responses to “Draft research statement

  1. Sounds good, like the mention of contemporary artists… ‘Bound’ as a name has connotations of stuff being tied up and or S&M… Or is that just me?

    • Thanks. Made some edits now. I hate coming up with names for stuff – I see where you’re coming from though! It was either bound or bond – any ideas…??? lol

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