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Carolyn Lewens and Pamela Bain, artists

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Fri 22 June 2018
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2:05

Artists Carolyn Lewens and Pamela Bain discuss the galactic inspirations behind the DEEPER, DARKER, BRIGHTER exhibition.

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Speaker: Pamela Bain

Nearly two years ago I was invited to come and have a look at an astronomy run. Carolyn came along too, so we’ve been privy to two big films, with NASA and astronomers and scientists around the world.

During our particular experience with these observation runs we were bombarded with grid upon grid upon grid of stars that are quite pixelated and they have bright circles in them; we didn’t know what they were at first.

Speaker: Carolyn Lewens

It was all a bit strange, and of course it was low res but there were many of them on this wonderful, huge curved screen.

Speaker: Pamela Bain

And every now and again they’d take these grids off while they were waiting for information and they’d put up a big galaxy that was also out there at the same time, and it was just incredible because it was real time and you’d be looking millions of years into the past.

Speaker: Carolyn Lewens

So we were invited by Associate Professor Chris Fluke and he suggested that we could collaborate.

Speaker: Pamela Bain

Some of the scientists there are also creative.

Speaker: Carolyn Lewens

That's right.

Speaker: Pamela Bain

We were very interested too because art and science are both exploratory endeavours.

Speaker: Carolyn Lewens

We both experiment, we take risks, we go where no one’s gone before

Speaker: Pamela Bain

and together we discovered a whole new world, a universe, and it’s really changed our direction.