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Memo Akten: The Awesome Machinery of Nature (world première)

The Michael Kennedy International Research Lecture + Live Q&A

Thursday 17 June 2021, 8.00pm


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The Awesome Machinery of Nature is a video and sound installation, originally designed for the web, with plans for it to be adapted later to a physical multi-screen, multi-speaker immersive installation.

The work is an evolution of Akten’s series Simple Harmonic Motion, and draws inspiration from the many scales of complexity and layers of abstraction that we observe in the natural world: from the nuclear fusion in the heart of the sun that fuels all of life on (the surface of the) earth; to the photosynthesising organisms that translate this light to chemical energy; to the webbed ecologies that sustain complex ecosystems heavily dependent on the balanced co-existence of many components. The work embraces and celebrates the interconnectedness of all human, non-human, living and non-living things across many scales of time and space.


8pm Lecture by Memo Akten (The Michael Kennedy International Research Lecture)

8.50pm World première of The Awesome Machinery of Nature

9pm LIVE Q&A with Memo Akten and Dr Sam Salem (PRiSM)

You will be able to submit questions for Memo Akten, in advance and during the event, via Twitter to @RNCMPRiSM using the hashtag #PRiSMFutureMusic or by e-mailing the PRiSM Centre Manager sam.duffy@rncm.ac.uk

Click here to watch the broadcast.

You can also watch over on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thursday 17 June 2021, 8.00pm


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