ASCUS 2014 – A Response

I was asked to be part of new Art Science collaboration between Edinburgh Science festival and ASCUS this year. Eliza Calder, a respected Vulcanologist working at Edinburgh University, shared some of her research with me and I was asked to produce some developmental work in response to her research area.
The Science Festival is open from the 5th April and you can find information here.

After reading all of the information sent I found myself looking at ideas surrounding the formation and the fragmentation of the magma. I began thinking about the tiny gas bubbles that exist within the Magma chambers and have a huge impact of the violence of eruption, following that idea on to Pyroclasts just being larger fragments of that magmatic process. Pyroclasts are fragments from the eruption that are collected by the scientists retrospectively, and studied to try and work backwards to gather data on the eruption itself. Each Pyroclast is carrying information about that particle led process from within the chamber.

Interested in this idea of particles, fragments, and building mass I began working with stitch to create something slightly three-dimensional which was formed by a build up of these little particles. The stitches amassed to create a mound reminiscent of tiny Magma domes, which then spill out, releasing these particles that are part science at a more molecular level and part lava flow. This is a work in progress, an initial response to a huge subject, and by no means finished much like the research on volcanoes.


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