Material Sight

Fiona Crisp, LNGS: OPERA Archive, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.
Fiona Crisp, LNGS: Exit, 2018; Giclée print from colour transparency; Image courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London
Fiona Crisp: Joy3 Continuous Miner, 2018. Giclée print from colour transparency Image courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.

Material Sight invites us into an embodied relationship with the spaces of fundamental science where knowledge, imagination and the capabilities of photography itself are all at stake.

The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture, edited by Fiona Crisp and Nicola Triscott
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Praise for Material Sight

"intense, uncompromising & invasive" – Art Monthly

"The subterranean settings suggest both womb-like security and the dread of underworlds and burials – both opposites held in clever balance here" – Corridor 8
Material Sight was presented to the public via two solo exhibitions installations, the first at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in Sunderland in March 2018 and the second at Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science and Technology, London in June of the same year. Within both spaces, Crisp created a landscape of image and sound, using scaffolding structures built into the fabric of the buildings. The sound from the four high-definition films within the installation was edited into a single, embodied soundscape that immersed the viewer as they moved around the space or sat on one of the seven, purpose-built steel benches fabricated for the exhibition.
To accompany the exhibition KOSMICA: Ethereal Things, a major event exploring our intimate human connection with particle physics and the physics of the universe, took place on June 15 2018. Attendees encountered impossible situations and the mysterious realm of subatomic physics, through experiments, performances, music and poetics.
To coincide with the exhibition in London, Arts Catalyst published a new book The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture, edited by Fiona Crisp and Nicola Triscott.
Fiona Crisp is an artist known for creating installations of large-scale photographs that question the presence of the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. Her projects have been created by spending intensive periods of time in particular locations. Previous projects have included working in the Early Christian catacombs of Rome, and in a Second World War underground military hospital. Crisp studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The project Material Sight has been supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Crisp's work is held by several national collections of contemporary art, including Tate, the British Council, Arts Council and Government Art Collection. Her work is represented by Matt's Gallery, London.
Material Sight was a co-commission by Arts Catalyst and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary ArtGenerously supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Arts Council England, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Discover more about Fiona Crisp's Material Sight research here.