Cornelia Parker: An Artist's Encounter with Materials


Wed Oct 05 2022 at 04:00 pm to 05:30 pm


Clore Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Huxley Building | London, EN

Join us for a Highlight seminar with Dr. Cornelia Parker, one of Britain's best loved and most acclaimed contemporary artists.
About this Event

Photography credit: Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Cornelia Parker, studio, London 2013 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2022.

The IMSE Highlight Lecture Series is one of our flagship, community-building activities. For this Series, we bring eminent speakers from around the world to Imperial – to increase awareness of areas where molecular science and engineering can make a valuable contribution. The visits also boost our level of interaction with other academic and industrial centres of excellence.

This highlight lecture will be presented by Dr. Cornelia Parker who will be speaking on how her art work marries science, engineering and art. They are currently displaying their work at the Tate Britain until 16 October.

The structure of lecture will be 40 - 50 minutes of presentation with Q&A afterwards. You are then invited to join us for refreshments.

The title of this lecture will be:

Cornelia Parker: An Artists encounter with Materials

The lecture will be held at Imperial College London at the South Kensington Campus, The Clore Lecture Theatre (213) in the Huxley Building.

As there are limited spaces for the in person session we ask that you register in advance. You can also join online.

Dr. Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker is one of Britain's best loved and most acclaimed contemporary artists. Always driven by curiosity, she reconfigures domestic objects to question our relationship with the world. Using transformation, playfulness and storytelling, she engages with important issues of our time, be it violence, ecology or human rights.

A major retrospective of her work is on display at Tate Britain until 16th October 2022. Cornelia has been working with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College to squash domestic silverware, to make a new piece of work.

Cornelia Parker lives and works in London. Over the last three decades, she has presented numerous major commissions and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2019); Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster (2017); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016), The Whitworth, the University of Manchester (2015), British Library, London (2015), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2010), Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru (2008), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2007) and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2006).

Parker was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, made an OBE in 2010 and a CBE in 2022. She was elected the Apollo Awards Artist of the Year in 2016, and the following year, awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester. In 2017, she was appointed as the first female Election Artist for the United Kingdom General Election. She was made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 2021. Her works are held in public and private collections around the world including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage

The aim of the Network is to generate and foster collaborations. We will bring scientists and engineers together with conservators and curators. We will further heritage science through this collaborative work, to help conserve cultural heritage. We will also assist early-career academics and researchers to generate impact, network more effectively and enrich their research portfolio.

The artworks, artefacts and structures inherited from the past have a powerful impact on our society, so the conservation of our cultural heritage is fundamental for future generations. This shared cultural heritage requires intervention to stabilise and prevent further degradation of often unique artefacts. This degradation results from use, ageing, unpredicted events, environmental conditions, and poorly chosen previous restoration treatments whose details are often unknown. Scientists and engineers can assist greatly by identifying the changes in the materials, the mechanisms of degradation, and predicting how the object will respond to conservation and display. This knowledge enables conservators to make informed choices about suitable treatments, so the conservation of cultural heritage is truly interdisciplinary.

About The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is one of Imperial College London's Global Institutes, drawing on the strength of its four faculties to address some of the grand challenges facing the world today. The Institute's activities are focused on tackling problems where molecular innovation plays an important role.

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Where is it happening?

Clore Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Huxley Building, 180 Queen's Gate, London, United Kingdom

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