Artist: Owen Fernley
Location: Queen's University Department of Civil Engineering | Kingston, Canada
The Science Artist Residency has three phases: Phase I is designed to immerse an artist in scientific research. During Phase II, the artist showcases the artwork inspired by the residency to the local community and shares a digital version of the work online globally via Art the Science’s digital Polyfield Gallery for Phase III.
Phase 1 | March 18-30, 2018
During this phase, the artist became an active independent member of the research group on a full-time basis for 2 weeks. This phase informed and inspired the artist’s work. Relevant safety training was provided.
Phase 2 | February 27, 2019
Phase II consisted of a local evening event where the academic research group and the artist engaged the local community through discussion and exhibition of work that resulted from the residency.
Phase 3 | December 5, 2020
For Phase III, the artist worked with Art the Science’s team to adapt their artwork for online exhibition. The artist was encouraged to consider creating an interactive work to engage a global online community.
After entering the lab, Fernley quickly learned about the well-tested and extensively used Invasion Percolation algorithm. Some of the group’s research focused on exploring its limitations. “I had to drop my expectations; learning about this algorithm and some of the other modelling challenges the research group faced was even better than building an algorithm from scratch,” recalls Fernley. “For the first few days, I mainly tried to follow the breadth of research the group was working on. There was a lot to take in, and I became a student by necessity.”
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>>> Image Gallery
Artist Owen Fernley and several members of Dr. Kevin Mumford’s research group. (From left to right: Matan Freedman, Owen Fernley, Nick Pease, Kevin Mumford, Caroline Wisheart, and Cole Van De Ven).
Viewing a sand column apparatus in the lab.
Artist Owen Fernley presenting a talk on his creative coding practice to the research group.
Images of equipment and experiments artist Owen Fernley encountered during his residency.
Fernley's first concept for Between the Sand involved making a digital representation of a packed sand column.
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November 26th, 2020 | Virtual
May 24th, 2019 | Winnpeg, MB
November 7th, 2018 | Ottawa, ON
June 12th, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB