Having studied A Level art and an Art Foundation before physics at university, Lucie retains a keen interest in art/science projects.
During 2014, the award-winning poet Simon Barraclough took up a residency at MSSL to work on a project funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Simon embedded himself in the department, finding out about every facet of the work, and he provided avenues to explore creativity within the space lab. Staff and students joined Simon to read and write and think about language. And members of the public were also invited to share the poems that were written during this time. The residency culminated in the publication of a poetic anthology of MSSL, called Laboratorio, (published by Sidekick Books). You can listen to an interview with Simon about the residency in the podcast below.
Light and Dark Matters: Sunrise Walk
On a cold and chilly November morning, Lucie led a group of people from the Tate Modern across the Thames, past the Bank of England and back to the Tate via the new Globe Theatre. Along the way, the science of the Sun and the role it has played in our culture for many centuries was discussed. The Tate Modern’s building (the old Bankside power station) acted as a backdrop to discuss how the energy source that powers the Sun was discovered. And the Bank of England was used to symbolize the impact that the Sun’s activity can have on our economy – through the Sun creating stormy space weather. But the group also listened to the pulsing sounds of the Sun and listened to Sun and Shakespeare-inspired poetry. The walk was a collaboration between the Institute of Physics, the Tate Modern and UCL.
The culmination of a residency at MSSL by Joanna Griffin was ‘Satellite Stories’. Over several months, Joanna gathered the space-related experiences and interests of people at MSSL and from the general public. The project was funded by UCL and the Arts Catalyst and ended with a story telling evening where those involved shared their experiences and thoughts in a democratic setting, walking through the MSSL grounds at sunset. It was a departure from the usual public engagement activities of the department and opened up new ideas about public engagement.