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Material Sight [MAW]

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Thurs 6pm-9pm, Fri, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 12-4pm


Fiona Crisp





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Material Sight [MAW]

Material Sight [MAW] has been commissioned by Middlesbrough Art Weekender to form the third exhibition from Fiona Crisp’s project, Material Sight. The sculptural installation brings together video works, photographs and seating within an immersive soundscape extending over the ground floor and basement spaces of an empty commercial unit

From 2016-18, Crisp worked with three world-leading research facilities for ‘fundamental science’ where physicists and cosmologists conduct experiments that expand the limits of what we can know and imagine about the universe. The sites include the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS), the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics housed inside a mountain in central Italy, as well as Boulby Underground Laboratory that is sited within the UK’s deepest working mine, located on the Cleveland coast south of

Both LNGS and Boulby are part of a global infrastructure of laboratories sited in subterranean spaces that are highly engineered and deeply physical but are nonetheless invisible to public view. Here, experiments range from the macroscopic scale of the cosmos to the micro-scale of sub-atomic particles that are the building blocks of all life. It is this relationship between material presence and sensory remoteness that Fiona Crisp explores
in Material Sight [MAW].

Material Sight was originally commission by Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and Arts Catalyst, London in 2018. The exhibitions were generously supported by Arts Council England and the research funded through The Leverhulme Trust and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.
For further information, go to www.materialsight.wordpress.com