Confirmation of Time

The collaboration between multidisciplinary designer and artist Franziska Hatton and cosmologist Arthur Loureiro followed a conventional art/science collaborative model, in which Arthur took the role of science advisor but did not engage directly in the creation of the artwork presented in the final exhibition.

In developing this artwork, Franziska work with the concept of entropy as the starting point for her creative investigation. Entropy can be described as a measure of how organised or chaotic energy is in a system of atoms or molecules. Entropy is a universal force that operates at molecular and cosmological scales. Entropy is a fundamental drive in the Universe from order and containment, to disorder and growth and through the observation of newly formed structures entropy offers a way of perceiving the passing of time.

Confirmation of Time explores the cosmological principle of entropy at a smaller scale. By observing the annual cycle of deciduous trees, and the seasonal effects of entropy on the budding, growth, colour and decline of each tree’s leaves, this artwork draws parallels between the natural system of the forest and the formation of universal structures. Confirmation of Time serves as metaphoric model of the expanding universe, in which the changing pigment and structure of the falling leaves are used to reflect the passing of time and the entropic change from ‘order’ to ‘disorder’ at local, global and universal scales.

The imposing ‘chandelier-like’ structure of Confirmation of Time invites the audience to look into the structure of universe; the youngest leaves at the edges of the structure represent the outer reaches of the universe, whilst the older leaves and broken nest of sticks at centre of the artwork reflect the region of greatest universal entropy.

The final artwork was created on site in the Grizedale Forest Visitor’s Centre Project Space using materials collected directly from the forest.


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