Inspired by the life of the Victorian mathematician, Ada Lovelace, Conrad Shawcross has transformed an industrial robot into a choreographic light sculpture that with its abstract and moving forms embodies both the scientific ideas that Lovelace pioneered and the extraordinary times she inhabited.
This major commission uses the unique architecture of the Roundhouse, London as its source of inspiration, and continues Shawcross’ long- term investigation into the perception and measurement of time. The installation seeks to turn the ubiquitous familiar clock back into the primeval celestial experience it once was.
Blending ideas from quantum mechanics and linguistics, Palindrome is a symmetrical machine that plays on the two viewing points of this corner window. The shape extruded by the four moving points of light forms a double ended horn that the artist regards as the perfect diagram of a hole.
Slow arc inside a cube is inspired by a description by the scientist Dorothy Hodgkin, responsible for working out the structure of pig insulin, a complex protein chain.