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Illuminating Golour: Grosseteste in Glass Part 2

Rennie, Colin (2018) Illuminating Golour: Grosseteste in Glass Part 2. In: Science imagination and wonder Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy, 3-6 Apr 2018, Pembroke College Oxford. (Unpublished)

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The project to undertake a major exhibition at the National Glass Centre Sunderland in response to the writings and thinking of Bishop Grosseteste occurred through a collaboration with the Ordered Universe Project and the research interests of Colin Rennie and Dr Cate Watkinson. Several new artworks were created responding to different texts and concepts that were drawn out of the manuscripts by the OUP team. These ideas were further explored In the Through a Glass Darky project that generated a series of seminars and meetings between the teams at Durham, Oxford and Sunderland. The intention in making the artworks was to give form to these interactions and discussions reflecting on interpretations to date and to bring a new perspective and material understanding to Groseteste’s theories.
The creative response started with the premise drawn from the texts; if colour is light embodied in a diaphanous medium then glass could be used as a metaphor that mediates between light and matter. Through collaborative reading and discussion with the team, the ideas evolved from initial representational approaches to a series of new works that used glass, metal, and digital technologies in consort to rephrase the ideas in physical form and to open up dialogues. The resulting works appraise the thinking from individual and collaborative perspectives; a method that Rennie and Watkinson have been successful with in several previous public art projects.
The presentation will open up the artistic process and discuss the making of these new artworks through, integration, collaboration and shared knowledge.

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Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 14:09
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:06


Author: Colin Rennie

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design


Glass and Ceramics > Glass
Fine Art > Sculpture

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