In 2014, UAL postgraduate alumni and artists Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley formed the artist collective ‘Lumen‘.
Lumen is a collective with a gallery space in the Crypt of St John on Bethnal Green Church in London. Lumen curates exhibitions, residencies, events and talks within churches around the symbolism of light within Christianity and the application of light in our scientific pursuit of space. The intention of each event is to create a dialogue around the contemporary understanding of existence. The collective runs a 20 artist residency in Italy each September where the artists visit observatories, the private library of the Monks’ at Monte Cassino, which holds some of the first astronomical texts printed and exhibit in a local church. The residency culminates in an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in Euston, a film and a publication.
Lumen Residency 2017 – Atina, Italy
Set in the peaceful village of Atina, Lumen’s two-week residency is set up to help like-minded artists from multi-disciplines develop their practice in a relaxed, yet productive environment.
Image: Lumen Residency – Atina in collaboration with Natasha Sabatini
Situated 154km from Rome in the province of Frosinone-Lazio, Atina benefits from natural darkness, natural beauty and is a great spot for viewing the Moon, stars and meteor showers. Staying on site, artists will have the opportunity to create works responding to the variety of astronomical sights found there, to be showcased in exhibitions in Atina and London. Large studio space, observatory trips, telescope access, small local bars/restaurants, film screenings.
Residency details on the Lumen website
Lumen Events coming up:
super/collider presents: Niamh Shaw – To Dream of Space on 5 April 2017
Image: Niamh Shaw
Dr Niamh Shaw is an engineer, scientist and performer who merges theatrical performance and art with engineering and technology to tell the human story behind science. at this unique event Niamh will present her personal archive of diaries and letters, collected over a five year journey in which she tried to activate her dream of going to space. as part of our ongoing ‘Women in Space’ series at Second Home, she will blend public lecture with live theatre to convey her experience of investigating and preparing for space, interviewing astronauts and others involved in the space industry to better understand what is involved in leaving the planet
Event Venue: Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
Tickets Found Here
Print the Moon: Stargazing & Lunar Photography with the Lumen Collective on 11 April 2017
image: Print The Moon, Lumen
Stargazing and Lunar Photography from East London’s best rooftop bar! Join Lumen at Netil360 for an unmissable evening exploring the skies! Brought to you by Hackney Arts and the Lumen collective, this unique event will help you to stare at the stars in a whole new light.
Astronomer Paul Hill will take you on a skywards guided tour, talking lunar science and helping you to view the stars and the Moon through a collection of telescopes. With help from the super-talented Lumen collective, East London’s art collective dedicated to astronomy and light, you will be guided in taking a unique photograph of the Moon for you to keep.
Please note, that this event is dependent on weather and cloud cover.
Event Venue: Netil360 / 1 Westgate Street/ London/ E8 3RL
Tickets Found Here
Melanie King – MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins (alumni 2013)
image: Melanie King – ‘Moon, Kielder Observatory’ 2017.
Melanie King’s research is concerned with the visual language that is currently associated with astronomy. How are astronomical images mediated by institutions such as NASA / the ESA before they are published for consumption by the general public? Recent research papers written by the artist consider texts on semiology, phenomenology and the index when applied to astronomical images and recordings.
Melanie is currently studying towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art. See RCA Research Profile
Melanie King website
Louise Beer – MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins (alumni 2014)
image: ‘Halos’ by Louise Beer
Louise uses installation and photography based work to explore our evolving understanding of the universe and the changing philosophies and purposes we impose on life, and the impact that this has on an individuals brief moment of existence within our seemingly eternal cosmos. Researching archeoastronomy and antiquarian astronomical texts, Louise uses humanity’s historical notions of the existence of life as a starting point. Combined with an understanding of the seemingly beyond-the-imagination current scientific theories of the beginning of the universe to the very nature of reality, the artist endeavours to highlight humanity’s infancy of understanding of the universe and that we remain in a time where even the implausible is possible.
Louise Beer website
Rebecca Huxley – BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (alumni
image: Rebecca Huxley
Rebecca’s current art practice and research considers the language of astronomical forms, politics of architectural astronomical instruments, recontextualisation of objects and architecture for astronomical observation; and language in geographic context in relation to medium, creation and interaction through an object-oriented ontology.
Rebecca Huxley website