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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Report ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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Scottish-born multi-disciplinary artist Katie Paterson teases out facets of overwhelming concepts—such as interplanetary time differences, the history of our planet, and the brevity of human lifespans—and makes them digestible. Through her immersive installations, text-based pieces and sculptures, she takes the audience from the massive to the minute, from the cosmological to the deeply personal.

Since graduating with a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004, and with a MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2007, Paterson has become known for her research-based, conceptually driven process, and her Romantic, poetic and coolly minimalist presentation style.

Paterson uses both everyday and advanced technologies to connect her audiences with the sublime—such as faraway stars, planets, natural phenomena and meteorological events—as seen in Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon) (2007), when she converted Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata into Morse code and transmitted it to the lunar surface and back to a player piano.

Paterson is also knowing for reimagining and repurposing ordinary machines and everyday systems. For Vatnajökull (the sound of) (2007–8), she installed a microphone underneath a glacier and broadcast the sounds of the ice melting, live, to any phone that called 0775 700 1122; in her month-long project Streetlight Storm (2009), she set up the lamps on Deal Pier in Kent, England, to flicker anytime there was a lightning strike on Earth; and in Timepieces (Solar System) (2014), she calibrated nine wall clocks to tell the time on the planets in our solar system and on Earth's Moon.

Paterson regularly collaborates with experts to realise her artworks and expand her practice. She has worked together with technicians at the lighting manufacturer OSRAM to take spectral measurements of moonlight and apply it to a custom-made bulb (Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight [2008]); and for All the Dead Stars (2009), she had leading cosmologists and 'supernova hunters' assist her in mapping the locations of just under 27,000 dead stars.

Similarly, Paterson has worked with nanotechnologists to carve a grain of sand down to just 0.00005 mm across, and then tossed it into the Sahara for Inside this desert lies the tiniest grain of sand (2010). In 2013, for Fossil Necklace, she enlisted a specialist stonecutter to hand-carve 170 fossils she had collected, found or bought, into tiny beads. She has also used advanced telescopic technologies to source thousands of detailed images of solar eclipses for her project Totality (2016). Whether consulting specialist space agencies, biologists or architects, or using sophisticated materials, Paterson produces works that prompt viewers to examine their place on Earth and their understandings of time and their own ephemerality.

Paterson has participated in both group and solo exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom and internationally—from London to Edinburgh, New York, Seoul, Berlin and San Francisco. Her artwork has been shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. In 2014, she received the Visual Art award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and in 2010, she became University College London's first artist in residence in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is also an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.

Genista Jurgens | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky (72,400g) by Katie Paterson contemporary artwork Katie PatersonCampo del Cielo, Field of the Sky (72,400g), 2014 Found meteorite, cast melted and re-cast back into a new version of itself
39.3 x 30 x 27 cm
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Candle (From Earth into a Black Hole) by Katie Paterson contemporary artwork Katie PatersonCandle (From Earth into a Black Hole), 2015 Scented candle, 23 layers, Parafin wax, wick, fragrance
29 x 3 x 3 cm
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Totality by Katie Paterson contemporary artwork Katie PatersonTotality, 2016 Printed mirrorball, motor & lights
83 x 83 x 83 cm
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Ideas - (The milky way compressed into a diamond) by Katie Paterson contemporary artwork Katie PatersonIdeas - (The milky way compressed into a diamond), 2017 Micro-waterjet-cut Sterling Silver
8.5 x 19 x 0.3 cm
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Colour Field by Katie Paterson contemporary artwork Katie PatersonColour Field, 2016 Lambda C-Print mounted on aluminium
110.6 x 260.6 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jacob's Ladder at Ingleby Gallery,
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26 July–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Jacob's LadderIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Pursuit of Elusive Horizons at Parafin,
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20 July–15 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Pursuit of Elusive HorizonsParafin, London

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Elif Shafak joins Future Library, writing piece to be unveiled in 2114 Related Press Elif Shafak joins Future Library, writing piece to be unveiled in 2114 The Guardian : 27 October 2017

The Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is to follow Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Sjón as one of the 100 contributors to the Future Library, an art project that will only be seen by readers in 2114, when the spruce trees to make its paper have been fully grown.

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A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls Related Press A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls The Guardian : 29 January 2017

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made.

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Katie Paterson: The Poetry of Scale Related Press Katie Paterson: The Poetry of Scale Aesthetica Magazine : 8 November 2016

Glasgow-born visual artist Katie Paterson has created over 20 major projects which carve a new poetic language based upon distance, scale, geology and technology. Locus+ and Kerber Verlag have published the first monograph dedicated to her work, with critical texts from Nicolas Bourriaud, Lisa Le Feuvre, Mary Jane Jacob and Lars Bang Larsen,...

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Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week Related Press Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week The Korea Times : 30 August 2016

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest contemporary art biennale, is set to kick off in the southwest city of Gwangju next week, the festival's foundation said Friday.During the ceremony, set to start at the plaza in front of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Halo at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Park Yang-woo, chief of...

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Related Video

Margaret Atwood: An Interview on Future Library, 2014 Related Video & Audio Margaret Atwood: An Interview on Future Library, 2014 Katie Paterson : 1 September 2014

The prizewinning author, poet, essayist and literary critic Margaret Atwood has been named as the first writer to contribute to Future Library, Katie Paterson’s 100 year artwork in Oslo, Norway. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one...

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Fossil Necklace, Katie Paterson Related Video & Audio Fossil Necklace, Katie Paterson Katie Paterson : 25 July 2014

‘Fossil Necklace is a string of worlds, with each bead modestly representing a major event in the evolution of life through a vast expanse of geological time. From the mono-cellular origins of life on earth to the shifting of the continents, the extinction of the Cretaceous period triggered by a falling meteorite, to the first flowering of flowers,...

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100 Billions Suns: a short film with Katie Paterson Related Video & Audio 100 Billions Suns: a short film with Katie Paterson Haunch of Venison : 6 September 2011
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Katie Paterson | TateShots Related Video & Audio Katie Paterson | TateShots Tate : 1 May 2009

Katie Paterson's work is a map of dead stars, 27,000 of them, or all that have so far been observed and recorded. But, as she tells us in this film, if you were going to make a map of all the dead stars it would be the size of the Earth.We follow the artist as she visits an observatory to talk to Professor Ofer Lahav about the mysteries of the...

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