Art and science seen in a new light at Leicester Physics Centre evening lecture

Posted by ap507 at Jun 08, 2015 03:06 PM |
Former University of Leicester artist in residence Jo Joelson presents ‘Library of Light’ talk on Wednesday 10 June

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 8 June 2015

A former artist in residence at the University of Leicester is returning to the campus this week to present a talk ‘The Library of Light’ as part of a lecture series celebrating the International Year of Light 2015.

Multimedia artist Jo Joelson has worked closely with the University’s Radio and Space Plasma Physics group and with the Department of Genetics  and is co-founder of arts group London Fieldworks.

In her talk Jo will be describing three projects which combine art with science and use the medium of light.  The projects are Polaria, a virtual  daylight environment created using data collected in northeast Greenland; Little Earth a collaboration with the University of Leicester that resulted in a multichannel film work  and The Library of Light, a special collection for the interdisciplinary investigation of light.

The lecture, which is on Wednesday 10 June at 6.30pm, is free and open to the public and is one of a series of talks hosted by the Leicester Physics Centre with the aim of promoting science to a wider audience.

Dr Darren Wright, of the University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “Collaborative work between such diverse subjects as art and science provides exciting opportunities for sharing ideas. In particular, art provides a new and exciting way of bringing scientific ideas to the public. The Leicester Physics Centre has always focussed on presenting such interdisciplinary events such as, previously, the science of magic.”

“Jo is a very well-respected artist in her field and she has exhibited her work in New York as well as the UK.  She is a very engaging speaker and the lecture will incorporate a variety of presentation media.”

The lecture, which is sponsored by the East Midlands Branch of the Institute of Physics, will be held in Lecture Theatre A of the Physics & Astronomy Building at the University Leicester. For further details or to make a booking please visit or call 0116 252 3570 during office hours.

To find out more about Jo’s work visit



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