All Arts Catalyst Commissions

May 2017
The curatorial collective Don’t Follow the Wind (Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, Jason Waite) came into being through the exhibition project initiated by Japanese collective Chim↑Pom....
October 2016
Exactly fifty years after the legendary 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, Arts Catalyst revisits this hugely influential art event with a new performance commission by Robert Whitman. Whitman, a...
July 2016
An ambitious collaborative project and public monument by artists YoHa and Critical Art Ensemble in partnership with Arts CatalystThe Graveyard of Lost Species is a temporary public monument, created...
July 2016
Kota Takeuchi will be artist in residency at Arts Catalyst's Centre during July 2016. His residency has been organised by S-AIR in Japan in partnership with Arts Catalyst, supported by the Sasakawa...
April 2016
Talking Dirty: Tongue First! Recipes from the Mouth of the Thames, is a commission by Arts Catalyst led by artist Fran Gallardo and Claudia LastraTalking Dirty: Tongue First! was a series of public...
July 2015
A new commission by Ariel Guzik for Edinburgh Art Festival 2015. ‘Holoturian’ is an underwater resonance instrument designed by Guzik to communicate with whales and dolphins in the deep seas.This new...
April 2015
A new performance work by Martin O'Brien, to be presented as part of the ongoing European project - 'Trust me, I'm an Artist: towards an ethics of art/science collaboration'.'Trust me, I'm an Artist...
March 2015
A two part commission by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van BalenSterileAlbino goldfish engineered to hatch without reproductive organs. They were not conceived as animals but made as objects, unable to...
December 2014
New commissions by Torsten Lauschmann for Ice Lab exhibition Alongside five imaginative designs for Antarctic research stations, Arts Catalyst and British Council have commissioned artist...
Torsten Lauschmann
August 2014
Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone, a series of investigations into the Thames EstuaryFollow the progress of the project on the Wrecked website.The Thames estuary is a complex collection of objects...
June 2014
The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (...
January 2014
Hagen Betzwieser (Germany) and Sue Corke (UK) artists in residence in Republic of the Moon, London 2014Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser met by chance in 2008 conducting artistic field work at a bus...
January 2014
A publication to accompany the Republic of the Moon exhibition at London's Bargehouse in 2014Introductory essay and edited by curator, Rob La Frenais with contributions from the exhibiting artists -...
June 2013
Konfirm is a sound work prompted by systematic processes which will be presented in audio and visual metaphor.Jon Adams's artwork explores sense and sensitivity through the 'hidden' and plays with...
Jon Adams | Simon Baron-Cohen | Lucas Holzhauer
June 2013
Fracking Futures - a spectacular artwork and mini-disaster by the Paris-based artist duo Hehe, (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen)In collaboration with Arts Catalyst, HeHe turned FACT Liverpool’s main...
HeHe | Helen Evans
January 2013
A new commissioned body of work and installation by Melanie Jackson, shown in Transformism at John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton in January 2013, and as a solo show at Flat-Time House,...
September 2012
A collaborative publication, Field Guide, documenting the Experimental Ruins West Edition workshops and critical excursions collated by Luce ChoulesA participatory project to explore the Capital's...
Office of Experiments
September 2012
A participatory project to explore the Capital's uncharted places of scientific secrecy and technology.Experimental Ruins: West Edition was a critical excursion and an artwork devised by Neal...
Neal White | Office of Experiments
August 2012
HeHe’s public art interventions are internationally renowned, from ‘Nuage Vert’, highlighting factory emissions with interactive laser light to 'Is there is a Horizon in the Deepwater', a...
HeHe | Helen Evans
August 2012
A film documenting artist Rachel Mayeri's collaborative research process with Dr Sarah Jane VickIn Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, the artist imagines a primate social drama in a contemporary urban...
March 2012
An ambitious commission that tells the story of the artist's project to raise and imprint her colony of Moon Geese and train them for life on the MoonAgnes Meyer-Brandis’s poetic-scientific...
September 2011
A two-screen video installation made for and with chimpanzees by artist Rachael Mayeri in collaboration with comparative psychologist Dr Sarah Jane Vick.This documentary outlines their project.The...
May 2011
Part of the Specimens to Superhumans series curated with ShapeLabyrinth of Living Exhibits considered specimens and curiosities through infiltrating and responding to the exotic and disturbing...
Aaron Williamson | Sinéad O'Donnell | Brian Catling | Katherine Araniello
March 2011
A 2011 installation associated with the exhibition, Laboratory Life, at Lighthouse in Brighton, and toured at Microwave Festival in Hong Kong later that year (2011).This group, led by artist Kira O'...
Kira O'Reilly | Valerie Furnham | Columba Quigley | Genevieve Maxwell
March 2011
A 2011 installation associated with the exhibition, Laboratory Life (2011) at Lighthouse in Brighton, and toured at Microwave Festival in Hong Kong later that year.Led by artist, Andy Gracie, and...
Andy Gracie | Kuai Shen | Janine Fenton | Meredith Walsh
December 2010
An evolving, experimental database of techno-scientific and industrial sites in the UK. This first phase covers the South of England.A Field User's Guide to Dark Places - South Edition Now Online....
Neal White | Office of Experiments | Steve Rowell
October 2010
Adam Dant's marvellously magical map of the journey from Highland Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA) to Outlandia.Adam Dant's new map is a novel and unusual method for charting several sites en-...
Adam Dant
October 2010
An art installation presenting British animal and plant species on the edge of extinction.Exploring the ‘dark places’ of zoological science, Beatriz da Costa presents a sombre reflection on...
May 2010
Arctic Perspective highlighted the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. In collaboration with the people of Igloolik and other communities in...
Marko Peljhan | Matthew Biederman
March 2010
Ballengee's artistic practice is immersed in the study and exchange of ideas around biodiversity and ecological change, and particulary focuses on global species decline.New York artist, activist and...
January 2010
The Cold War Legacy in the South - Secrecy and Technology bus tour, part of Dark Places exhibition 2009-10. Devised and led by the Office of Experiments (Neal White and Steve Rowell)Dark Places...
Office of Experiments | Neal White | Steve Rowell
March 2009
“The neighbour, neither friend nor enemy, is the one who may not be in your "network", but is nevertheless in your world.” (Sukumaran)Bombay-based Ashok Sukumaran is one of the few artists in the...
November 2008
The Nuclear exhibition explores these intricacies through two new commissioned works by Chris Oakley and Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou.Nuclear power is re-emerging as a concern for our...
Kypros Kyprianou | Simon Hollington | Chris Oakley
September 2008
A commissioned participatory activity led by artist Joanna Griffin in collaboration with scientists at Mullard Space Science Laboratory.Joanna Griffin collaborated with the scientists at Mullard...
Joanna Griffin
June 2008
New works by Anne Brodie and Weather Permitting shown at the Society of Antiquaries, London, alongside the launch of a new book, Bipolar Two new commissioned works were shown at the Society of...
Anne Brodie | Weather Permitting | Jennifer Gabrys | Kathryn Yusoff
February 2008
Neal White's Truth Serum was an off-site participatory performance, linked to a gallery installation, exploring the pharmacology of truthfulnessThe Office of Experiments' experiment in consensual...
Neal White | Office of Experiments
December 2007
A calendar documenting the construction and dismantling of the Gravity, a monumental ephemeral sculpture by the artist Aleksandra Mir.The calendar documents the construction and dismantling of the...
Aleksandra Mir | Ken Hollings
September 2007
An experimental solar dome, launched at dawnTomas Saraceno is an artist and architect whose utopian vision for cities that float in the air - changing form and joining together like clouds - has led...
June 2007
Bridging the gap between biology and art, artist Brandon Ballengée led a UK study into deformed amphibians, involving participation with scientists and the publicThe ecological artist and researcher...
October 2006
The Universe Gallery was a major collaborative project between The Arts Catalyst and Mulberry School for GirlsAntony Hall, Joanna Griffin & Kate Tierney worked with Mulberry School students to...
Joanna Griffin | Antony Hall | Kate Tierney
September 2006
A Victorian butterfly-powered spaceship reminiscent of that in Jules Verne’s Earth To The Moon. The module was hinged with a clasp like a jewellery box and the instruments in the plush velour...
Michelle Griffiths
September 2006
The premiere of Jerry Dammers' extraordinary Spatial AKA Orchestra, plus new soundtrack by Dammers and Kodwo Eshun to Andrei Ujlca's film Out of the Present Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra -...
Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra | Kodwo Eshun
September 2006
Space on Earth Station is a space station on earth, shown as part of SPACE SOONSpace on Earth Station is a space station on earth. It is an experiment that is inhabitable, fully functional, using a...
N55 | Neal White | Marcus Ahlers | Kayle Brandon
September 2006
Aleksandra Mir's vast rocket (20 metres high), a monumental ephemeral sculpture, was built in the former engine shed of the London Roundhouse in September 2006.Aleksandra Mir's vast rocket (20 metres...
September 2006
SpaceBaby was a performance-installation and lab in action performed during Space Soon at the Roundhouse.SpaceBaby - performance installation and lab in action. A new video work ...
April 2006
Artworks by Simon Faithfull from his journey to AntarcticaIce Blink is a term referring to a white glare that appears on the underside of low clouds in sub-zero sea conditions, indicating the...
April 2006
Travelling to Antarctica on RSS Ernest Shackleton from RAF Brize Norton, via Ascension Island and the Falklands, Simon Faithfull recorded the displaced and disorienting world he encountered every day...
March 2006
A film that presents a strong critique of UK-US bioweapons researchFilmed on location on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, Critical Art Ensemble’s film Marching Plague presents a powerful critique of UK-...
February 2006
A two-part art event. Live capsule endoscopy by Phillip Warnell. Demonstration of bioluminescence by Anne-Sophie CussatlegrasGuest + Host = Ghost, Dr Simon Anderson & Phillip WarnellIn a two-part...
Phillip Warnell | Anne-Sophie Cussatlegras | Simon Anderson
June 2005
Sailing For Geeks 2 @ Fadaiat took place in the framework of "Fadaiat : freedom of knowledge, freedom of movement" eventSailing for Geeks 2 : Fadaiat : ship-to-shore took place in the framework...
Nathalie Magnan | Ewen Chardronnet | Andy Bichlbaum | Marko Peljhan | Nicola Triscott
April 2005
Immersive sound and image installation using transformed x-ray data from a black holeAstro Black Morphologies is an immersive dub, techno, and avant garde electronic sound and image installation and...
Flow Motion | Anna Piva | Phil Uttley | Adrian Ward
December 2004
Artists’ Airshow was an experimental day of art and flying in and around Europe's largest wind tunnel. Airshow used the now deserted research facility where supersonic flight was developed and the...
Anne Bean
October 2004
East of Eden was an ambitious collaborative project between artist Lucy Stockton-Smith and The Arts Catalyst with Sandwich Technology School in Kent. The project began in October 2004 and was handed...
Lucy Stockton-Smith
September 2004
An installation by Tim Knowles commissioned for the first International Artists AirshowTim Knowles was commissioned to create a site-specific balloon drawing machine, which produced randomised wind...
Tim Knowles
September 2004
Live event and film of Escape Vehicle No 6 at The Artists Airshow.Simon Faithfull’s remarkable Escape Vehicle No.6 started as a live event commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for its first...
June 2003
Bower Birds was an exhibition by Sally Hampson.Around London Zoo, apparently created by visiting bower birds (found in Australasia), could be found a number of fascinating 'bowers', love nests woven...
Sally Hampson
April 2003
22’ 20 digital video by the Otolith Group, commissioned through the MIR programmeMicrogravity’s reorientation of the relations of humans to space, perception to coordination and vision to motor...
Otolith Group | Richard Couzins
April 2003
A mechatronic conference presenting the Dedalus project and its micro performances at zero gravity as well as the Transpermia theory.Using the Space Station as a metaphor, Marcel.li Antunez Roca has...
Marcel.li Antunez Roca
April 2003
Utilising the vast TsF-18 centrifuge in Star City, Stefan Gec physically recorded the G-force exerted by the centrifuge on a celestial globe.Globes have a long history of depicting the night sky, and...
Stefan Gec
April 2003
Film and installation, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and the MIR Consortium Yuri Leiderman’s approach involves different stories and occurrences connected to his personal life experiences...
April 2003
Experiment with floating drops and installation, created for MIR Campaign 2003Vadim Fishkin: "I remember the impression a black-and-white telecast from a Soviet space station made on me as a child. I...
Vadim Fishkin
April 2003
A kinetic architectural model and prototype for a self-orientating robotic monument to lost astronautsi-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology) designed this kinetic architectural model and...
i-DAT
October 2002
Participatory theatre project by Critical Art Ensemble and Beatriz da Costa, shown as part of the CleanRooms exhibitionGenTerra is a performance by the artists Critical Art Ensemble and Beatriz da...
October 2002
Silvers Alter is an interactive installation that takes the form of a large-scale projection within which human forms "live"This is a stage for artificial evolution where human ‘control models’ and...
October 2002
An installation by Neal White, commissioned for the CleanRooms exhibitionUncontrolled Hermetic remodelled the activities and methods of the controlled areas or clean rooms used by scientists and...
September 2002
From Farm to Pharm: The Evolution of Artificial SelectionNew York artist Brandon Ballengée was artist in residence at Gallery Oldham in November 2002 as part of the CleanRooms exhibition. Working in...
May 2002
A publication that marks the first five years of Marko Peljhan's Makrolab, focusing on its 2002 presence in the Scotland Highlands during the International Year of Mountains.Over three months during...
Marko Peljhan | Kodwo Eshun
April 2002
Film and installations of dance and movement experiments in weightlessnessKitsou Dubois has been developing a process of experimental movement performed in an environment of altered gravity...
Kitsou Dubois
March 2002
An interdisciplinary performance comprising dance, suspension, video projection and musicGravity – a love story embeds video recordings from Morag Wightman’s microgravity project Falling without Fear...
Morag Wightman
March 2002
A short film by Andrew Kotting made on MIR Flight 001, Film / Video, 3 minutesProduction : Arts Catalyst & Star City Moscow.“Everything normal. Everything working perfectly.” - Yuri...
Andrew Kotting
September 2001
Zero Gravity workshop and live performance of Hallucinator's Sun Ra remixesTaking place during The Arts Catalyst’s zero gravity flying workshop at the Gagarin Csmonaut Training Centre in Star City,...
March 2001
Short film of zero genies and zero gravityOn the surface, a playful attempt to perform feats ascribed to the genies and flying carpets of ancient myth, zero genie was conceived as a response to the...
Jem Finer | Ansuman Biswas
January 2001
The Bird-Lake Museum is a museum of natural history, whose collections have all been created by young people with special educational needs.The Bird-Lake Museum is a travelling museum of natural...
Sally Hampson
January 2001
A short film documenting The Arts Catalyst's series of research expeditions between 2000 and 2003, taking artists, dancers, film-makers and scientists into weightlessness.Flights at the Gagarin...
Marcel.li Antunez Roca | Anna Alchuk | Ansuman Biswas | Jem Finer | Andrey & Julia Velikanov | Andrew Kotting | Otolith Group | Yuri Leiderman | Kitsou Dubois | Flow Motion | Vadim Fishkin | Mike Stubbs | Stefan Gec | Louise K Wilson | Marko Peljhan
January 2001
9' film by Mike Stubbs with Gina Czarnecki made on an Arts Catalyst zero gravity flight in RussiaCelebrating the 40th anniversary of Yuri  Gagarin’s first manned trip to space, in an age when...
Mike Stubbs | Gina Czarnecki
August 2000
A video record of the experience of 38 participants who ventured into the middle of the English Channel to encounter the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. Artist Anne Bean and cosmologist and...
Anne Bean | Marcus Chown
January 2000
Film installation by Jan Fabre at The Natural History MuseumFilmed in the Natural History Museum's vast scientific collections and shown as a two-screen installation in the main hall, this film by...
Jan Fabre
April 1999
A commissioned 4-screen work 'Gravity Zero' by choreographer Kitsou Dubois shown at the Lux CentreKitsou Dubois was the first artist to work in weightlessness, having worked with astronauts of the...
Kitsou Dubois
May 1998
James Acord created a series of Nuclear Reliquaries and Transmutation work from his residency at Imperial College London for the exhibition, AtomicSelf-styled 'nuclear sculpture', James...
February 1998
Artist Carey Young's photographic series Legacy Systems explore the 'Space Race' as a pivotal era in 20th century achievement, capturing images of contemporary Russian sites containing...
January 1998
Mark Aerial Waller's short film shot at Oldbury nuclear power station 16mm film to video14m colour sound Mark Ariel Waller's film is a study of the psychological state of the contemporary...
October 1997
Experiments and reflections on science from non-Western cultures, with a major new commission, CAT by Ansuman Biswas, and performance-lecture by Paul WongCAT - Ansuman BiswasIn CAT, Ansuman Biswas...
Ansuman Biswas | Paul Wong
June 1995
A ground-breaking video and computer installation on the theme of evolution by Simon RobertshawThis electronic interactive video and computer installation on the theme of evolution by artist Simon...
Simon Robertshaw | Sinclair Stammers
June 1995
Dance work inspired by the theories of quantum physicsThis high-energy tongue-in-cheek dance show took its packed audiences into the mind-bending world of quantum physics. Created by choreographer...
Nikky Smedley
June 1995
Maverick comic and performer, Ken Campbell, in new show specially commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for Greenwich FestivalIn a world that rarely raises its eyes, let alone expectations, to the...
Ken Campbell
March 1994
In this one man show, Jack Klaff took the guise of the unswervingly rationalist Professor AA Singleton-Guinness (winner of the Nobel Prize for keeping science unsullied by art).Singleton-Guinnes...
Jack Klaff
Courageous is an Arts Catalyst Nuclear Culture Commission by Nick Crowe and Ian RawlinsonThis subtly poetic film explores the submarine as an object within its own terms, moving beyond the...
A Provisional Memorial to Nuclear Disarmamentis an Arts Catalyst Nuclear Commission by David MabbDavid Mabb’s practice investigates the aesthetics of William Morris’ designs within contemporary...
Sound of Sand is an Arts Catalyst Nuclear Culture Commission by Susan SchuppliSusan Schuppli is interested in how the objects, technologies, and practices of science are narrated in ways that makes...
Artist Chris Oakley's short film (2008) explored the intricacies and ambivalent legacy of nuclear power.Oakley's Half-Life looks at the histories of Harwell, birthplace of the UK nuclear industry,...
temporary index is an Arts Catalyst Nuclear Culture Commission by Thomson & CraigheadArtists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead investigate understanding of geological and planetary time...
Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou's installation, The Nightwatchman (2008), featured in the exhibition Nuclear: Art and Radioactivity (2008).The installation explored the intricacies and...
Simon Hollington | Kypros Kyprianou
ARTISTS' LIMITED EDITION PRINTS BY MELANIE JACKSONArts Catalyst is delighted to offer the chance to purchase a choice of two beautiful Limited Edition prints by artist and Arts Catalyst collaborator...