(clockwise) Paul explains Lichtenberg figures on the Moon, the filamentary state, solar dynamics, and Ralph Jeurgens electric Sun theory.
About the Talk :
Artist Paul Malone takes you on a unique and controversial tour of the Universe. Originally devised to introduce artists and designers to the wide range of forms inherent in plasma structures, this talk follows contemporary speculations into the role that electro-dynamics play in forming the objects that we see in modern astronomy. Otherwise known as 'Electric Universe' theory or 'Plasma Cosmology', it draws from publications by members of the IEEE and others and traces the history of the study of electricity in Space from Birkeland through Langmuir and Jeugens to today's advocates.
It acknowledges that these views represent a departure from the 'Standard Model' of the Universe but recognises the aspiration of its adherents to re-position astronomy on a more empirical and pragmatic footing. In EU theory most of the objects we see in Space have direct counterparts in the laboratory, common industrial processes and even the domestic kitchen.
Paul Malone studied sculpture at Reading University and the Royal College of Art and has since exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe. His studio is based at the Art in Perpetuity Trust in Deptford, London and his current work explores alternative, lost and forgotten scientific theories. Website : www.a2arts.co.uk/malone
Topics covered in this Talk :
- The basic elements of electricity - the filamentary state - Birkeland currents
- Birkeland's Terrella in action
- Langmuir sheaths and electric waterfalls
- Formation of Stars - bi-polar nebulae - Herbig-Haro objects
- Stars as anodes in a galactic circuit (with reference to an amended HR diagram)
- The Sun's photosphere as the bottom of an electric phenomenon
- Planets as recipients of electric currents (atmospheres, surface features, etc.)
- Comets as extreme examples of electric discharge
- Galactic morphologies as simple Faraday motors
- Collimated jets and plasmoids
- Large Scale structure of the Universe
This Talk has been presented at :
- Fagerhult Lighting Design, Southwark, London SE1. 'The Art of Light' event. (2008)
- 'Perpetuum Mobile', A.P.T. Gallery, London SE8. Public education event including students from Wimbledon College of Art and the Laban Dance Centre. (4-2008)
- Royal Collage of Art, London SW7. 'Space' event for PhD students. (2009)
- 'Electric Morphologies'. Bankside Centre, Great Guildford St., London SE1. IYA2009.
- Reserve delegate 'The Eye of the Storm', Arts Catalyst conference, Tate Britain, London (09)
- Electric Universe micro-conference 'The Art of the Night Sky', Bankside Centre, London SE1. Organised by the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. (8-2009)
- 'The Role of Electricity in the Morphology of the Universe'. Bankside Centre, Great Guildford St., London SE1. (3-2010)
- 'The Role of Electricity in the Morphology of the Universe'. Goldsmiths College, London. School of Design (4-2010)
- 'DériveLab Project 2'. Centre for Creative Collaboration (University of London), Kings Cross, London WC1X 9NG (7-2010)
This Talk for Hire :
This Powerpoint talk is available for hire for 200GBP + travel (from Greenwich, London). Free for 'not for profit' at artists discretion.
For this price I supply my own laptop and projector (2500 lumens)- you will need to supply a screen or suitable wall. There is a 40GBP discount if you supply your own computer projector (must be able to connect with RGB lead). If you do not have a venue this can also be arranged at the Bankside Centre in Great Guildford St., London SE1. This is in the new Allies and Morrison building, just behind the Tate Modern.
Please e-mail email@example.com for queries and to arrange bookings.
- Duration c1 hour including Q+A
- No knowledge of electricity or astronomy needed by audience
- 'Image rich' Powerpoint - includes still images from historic archive to the latest telescopes, sounds and movies
Example of images accompanying this talk (not in order) :