SW Londoner

Apr 18 2015

‘It can resonate in your eyeballs’: Artists pump up the volume at Battersea science exhibition

Some of the mysteries of the universe are revealed at Battersea Park in a new art exhibition inspired by science.
The park’s Pump House Gallery will host 3 Branches Of The Same Tree, which explores the science behind sound, light, and magnets in a way accessible for 7-11 year olds.

Wandsworth primary schools have collaborated on the project, which is free to visit, to showcase the efforts of artists and scientists to demonstrate the unseen forces of physics.

Forest Hill artist, Alistair McClymont, worked with Falconbrook Primary School on a 6,000watt sound system that produces imperceptible sound-waves powerful enough to make the gallery walls shake.

“You feel it as you breathe, shuttering in and out of your lungs,” he said.

“It can sometimes make your vision blur, which is quite interesting – it can resonate your eyeballs.”

The Department of Education’s London Schools Excellence Fund funded the project, which brought together teachers, artists and scientists to discuss areas of the curriculum that are hard to teach.

Exhibition organiser Ned McConnell said: “This room is designed to be interactive so the school kids can really experience what magnets do and how forces work.”

Brighton-based duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt worked with West Hill and St Anne’s Primary Schools on Band 9, a series of satellite pictures of vast cirrus clouds orbiting above Earth’s atmosphere.

The exhibition will be open from 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday until May 31.