Tatsuo Miyajima - Counter Void S-1, 2003Prof. Sir Aaron Klug - Early geometric models of virus structuresEva Hild - Broad Complex, ceramic sculpture

Beyond Measure:

conversations across art and science


5 April - 1 June 2008

Mr Tariq Ahmad
Nader Ahriman
Paul Appleton
Dr Francis Archer
ARUP Advanced Geometry Unit
Miguel de Beistegui
Alan Bennett
Dr Jim Bennet
Dr Christoph Bergemann
Prof. Sir Tom Blundell
Jeff Bryant
Dr Robin Catchpole
Cavendish Laboratory Museum
Eduardo Chillida
Tony Crowther
Krysten Cunningham
DavidDavid
Richard Deacon
Tom Dixon
Foster + Partners Smart Modelling Group
Dr Phil Gaskell
Prof. Gerry Gilmore
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Guillermo Gregorio
Dr Peter Grindrod
Simon Guest
Richard Hamilton
Dr Karl Harrison
Helen Hignell
Eva Hild
Prof. Martin Hyland
Prof. Sir Aaron Klug
Dr Kevin Knowles
Langlands & Bell
Steve Laurie
Bob Law
George Henry Longly
Dr Alan Mackay
Kenneth Martin
Josiah McElheny
Allan McRobie
Alex Moulton Bicycles
Robert Morris
Sarah Morris
MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling
Museum of the History of Science
David Nash
Carsten Nicolai
Prof. John Parker
Eric Parry
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose
Peter Peri
John Pickering
Dr Richard Preece
Dr Gareth Rees
The Royal Society
Shoji Sadao
Prof. Simon Schaffer
The Science Museum
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Conrad Shawcross
Dr Daina Taimina
Keith Tyson
University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens
Dr Tennie Videler
Father Magnus Wenninger
Whipple Museum of the History and Philosophy of Science

This exhibition - with its associated workshops, talks and events - explores how geometry is used by artists and astronomers, bio-chemists, engineers, surgeons, architects, physicists and mathematicians - among many others - as a means to understand, explain and order the world around us. It draws parallels between the artist's studio, the laboratory and the study as equivalent places for thinking, imagining and creating.

Geometry takes us from an understanding of specific places to grappling with multi-dimensional spaces beyond our immediate experience. The word itself means to measure the earth. For Plato and Euclid, geometry was solid, fundamental and even sacred. Today geometry operates with uncertainties, fluid boundaries and variable parameters - addressing questions that, phrased slightly differently, artists have also concerned themselves with for centuries.

Over sixty contributors include artists Richard Deacon, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Robert Morris, David Nash, Keith Tyson and Conrad Shawcross. The exhibition also features Sir Christopher Wren's dividers, virus-structure models produced by the Nobel winning biophysicist Professor Sir Aaron Klug, the conic ellipses of astronomer Robin Catchpole, and Professor Sir Roger Penrose's geometrical explorations of the mathematical foundations of the universe.

Curated by Barry Phipps, Kettle's Yard's first Interdisciplinary Fellow, this exhibition is a follow-up to the highly successful 'Lines of Enquiry'.

The exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.