|Jerram, L. and Ride, P.
Luke Jerram’s artwork TIDE used acoustic sculptures to represent the moon’s gravitational impact on the earth. Ride curated the project, organised exhibitions across five countries, edited the exhibition catalogue and wrote the curator’s introduction. This curatorial project aimed to work closely with an artist exploring how data drawn from a ‘real world’ experience can be
transmuted into another form and lead to a phenomenological experience for the audience. The project was the culminating
exhibition of Ride’s three year Arts Council funded programme, DA2. Additional funding came from National Lottery and Institute
of Physics. Research consisted of two components: development of the project with the artist; and collaboration with national
and international venues to present the work in both scientific and artistic contexts.
Luke Jerram’s resulting artwork used data of the moon’s gravitational pull upon the earth and manifested this information as an
audio signal. The installation consisted of acoustic sculptures creating a ‘live’ representation of gravity. It was presented as new
media dealing with the representation of data; as an interdisciplinary science-art investigation; and as a live audio work.
Ride’s role was to investigate and propose the scheme, select the artist’s proposal through peer review, work with the artist for
12 months in studio development and mentor him; investigate curatorial contexts in which work could be shown and propose to
and negotiate with national and international venues and festivals.
The project became a model for further collaborations of this nature and a central case study at a symposium ‘Impact and
Legacy’ held at Digital Arts Development Agency March 2001. Following an initial UK tour the work was exhibited in four
Research and reflections on the curatorial process formed a case study for a paper (subsequently published) at Interaction
Symposium, University of Technology, Sydney, November 2004 (ISBN:0-9751533-1-5).
Reviews include Live Art Magazine (October 2003); Guardian (27.07.01); Estonian Art.
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