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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Unfamiliar Light

18th March 2014, 20:00 to 21:00, Senate Suite, University College, Julie Westerman, Sheffield Hallam University

Working with water and light:- Looking at the light sculptures of Julie Westerman

Unfamiliar Light explores a series of art works, including projections and sculptures, which bring together water and light, showing the ideas, research, and work in and out of the studio that both underlie and produce them as sited works.

Water and light form a magical combination; both elements are delightful, captivating and awe-inspiringly powerful by turn. The task of bringing these characteristics together to make a coherent whole is as daunting as it is exciting, as it is to make a work addressing and combining these affects, producing an emotive and evocative experience for the viewer. 

The lecture covers a series of works by a range of artists including Illuminated carpet, Durham, Where R U in the sea’s surf, Venice, and finally considers in detail Maelstrom, a new work to be developed throughout the early months of 2014, exploring the process of thought that precedes the making of a work. This work has developed, in collaboration with Veronica Strang and Durham University’s micro-hydro research group, from a project to reinstate a water-wheel generating power on the River Wear, leading also to the conception and production of an art work that celebrates both power and the beauty of water and light.

Directions to University College (Castle)

Map - University College is denoted as building No: 23

This lecture is free to attend and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.