Art, Science and Visual Thinking

CelLab is a pavillion space aiming to create a collaborative environment for users across art and science disciplines which will inspire ideas and promote co-creation. Leading to heightened learning in the art school and a cultural awareness within the science community. The space aims to connect artists and scientists by supplying a combined space for both learning and socialising.

This proposed space in the university is valid as the sense of community and sharing has been lost between departments within the school. From interviewing users many are unaware what is happening among others also studying at Dundee and the link between their art degree and a science degree. There is very little sharing of knowledge across disciplines which is hindering education.

This is a significant investment for the university as it will increase the learning of students through social sharing of knowledge in a collaborative space. It will encourage students to work for longer producing a higher quality of product. It will significantly increase learning and connections between the art school and science community. Collaborating in this informal manner allows for ideas to flow across diciplines in a way which does not happen at Dundee University presently.

Special thanks to Alan Prescott, Paul Harrison, Morag Martin and Amy Cameron for their guidance and input.




‘To satisfy his inner sense of orientation, man needs to situate himself in space’


How do we know where we are when we are hovering between two different spaces? How to we situate ourselves within this threshold space in order to determine our orientation in the world? My installation aims to explore the ‘in-between’ space and notion of self and sense of location.

I was inspired by megalithic monuments and their measuring of progressive lunar and solar cycles against the earth in order to allow people to have a sense of time and space. Their use of complex maths and stone markers have many different functions and relationships with the surrounding environment. It also shows that although these monuments were built around 3000BC they still demonstrate that humans have an innate sense to understand our surroundings and where we stand in the world.

Taking inspiration from these mathematical patterns I have created this emotive object in response to the notion of self and sense of location. My installation demonstrates a 3D map of how these megalithic monuments were constructed and also highlights our connection to our surroundings as human beings. By exploring the term threshold I aim to initiate a debate as to how each person specifically perceives their sense of place whilst standing on an ‘in between’ or transitional space.

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