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Rosie Reed Gold

Rosie Reed Gold is an interdisciplinary artist fascinated in the landscape of the psychological. Her work inhabits the margins bridging the conscious and subconscious, where the waking mind may catch a fleeting glimpse of the shadow self to engage in a dialogue - the moment where integration is possible.

Inspired by notions of the personal and collective unconscious she examines the constructed concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’, both in the social and natural realms. Her practice is often durational in nature, driven by a commitment to document and investigate the distance between thought and action, environment and behaviour, inquiry and understanding.

Using 2D text-based work, photography, video, installation, sound and performance she is particularly interested in the role collaboration and interactivity play in exploring and negotiating the boundaries of perception and encouraging connection. Her pieces ask open-ended questions about how living beings create their own mythologies, share time/space through physical mirroring, verbal and nonverbal interactions.

Nicola Polloni

Nicola Polloni is Research Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He has been awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Pavia) and a Ph.D. in Cultures in Contact in the Mediterranean (Barcelona) in 2015. Before Berlin, his research was based in Durham (2016-2018), Pavia (2016), and Notre Dame (2015). Broadly speaking, Nicola’s work focuses on tensions. These include tensions between metaphysics and physics, examining the irreducibility of their objects when matter and materiality are considered. They are the tensions between theories and practices, assessing whether and how purely theoretical disciplines (philosophy) were impacted by practices of particular sciences (medicine, alchemy, and astronomy). Finally, there are the tensions between traditions and innovations, especially examining developments and outcomes of phenomena of cross-cultural pollination and exchange of knowledge among Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin traditions. Through this project, another tension will be explored: that between disciplinary epistemic accesses and object-constructions of notions which border science, philosophy, and art.

Tom Lancaster

Tom Lancaster is Professor of Physics at Durham University.  He was a Research Fellow in Physics at the University of Oxford, before becoming a lecturer in Durham in 2012.

His research focuses on the physics of magnetism in one and two dimensions along, more recently, with the physics of topological objects in magnestism.

He is a regular collaborator on interdisciplinary projects involving emergence in condensed matter physics and is the coauthor of “Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur” and coeditor of the “Routledge Handbook of Emergence”.
Joshua Harvey

Joshua  Harvey was first introduced to the workings of medieval minds during his doctoral research, working with the Ordered Universe - an interdisciplinary project exploring medieval science. Coming from a background in biochemistry and with interests in visual neuroscience, he found that a lot of the same questions in modern science were being wrestled with in the thirteenth century.

With this project, he hopes to see how medieval descriptions of prime matter—as both a physical and perceptual phenomenon—might resonate with modern, empirical studies into sensation, perception, and mental imagery.