If a Tree Falls in the Forest

If A Tree Falls in a Forest was a collaborative art and science investigation between Information Experience Design at Royal College of Art and the Cosmoparticle Initiative at University College London. The project communicated contemporary physics to a public audience by transforming selected cosmological research data into exploratory 2D, 3D and time-based artworks. The project investigated concepts which, whilst central to contemporary cosmological research, are increasingly inaccessible, abstract and intangible to the non-scientist.

The project fostered relationships between emerging artists & designers and early career scientists. It encouraged new modes of thinking and creative practice by adopting an exploratory approach to science communication. Anchoring A Tree Falls in the Forest in the inspiring and complex natural system of Grizedale Forest, in the Lake District of northern England, invited the creative team and our audiences to move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to consider ideas of interconnectivity, convergence and complexity.

If A Tree Falls in the Forest was led by Michaela French with IED Visiting Lecturer Dr Helga Schmid, and Prof Andrew Pontzen from the UCL Cosmoparticle Initiative. The project was undertaken through interdisciplinary workshops, lectures and participatory art & design practices from February to November 2018. If A Tree Falls in the Forest has been made possible with support from the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society Public Engagement Grant Schemes.

The project culminated in a public exhibition and workshops at the Grizedale Forest Visitor’s Centre Project Space from 12th October – 4th November 2018.

For further information and project documentation visit ifatreefalls.rca.ac.uk