Mid-Century Molecular: The Material Culture of X-ray Crystallographic Visualisation across Postwar British Science and Industrial Design

My PhD research, undertaken across the Royal College of Art History of Design department and the Science Museum through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award. Read more here.

lonsdaleice

Two models of the structure of ice based on research by X-ray crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale,
circa 1955, © Science Museum, London

ATOMIC radio

This six-part radio series explored relationships between the science of crystallography and art and design. It was broadcast weekly on Resonance 104.4 FM, online on iTunes as a podcast, and exhibited in the Science Museum Media Space in Spring 2014. I wrote, presented, edited and co-produced the series in collaboration with radio producer Chris Dixon and sound designers Emmett Glynn and Sam Conran. The programme was funded by the Science Museum Art Programme. Find out more about the show here and see an interview with me about it here.

AtomicRadio

Image based on an X-ray diffraction photograph of the SARS virus. This image is a byproduct of the sonification of the X-ray diffraction photograph by Sam Conran for ATOMIC radio. Original photograph by Jeff Dahl.

Metalab

A cross-disciplinary workshop series that brought together design, art, science, engineering and humanities undergraduate and postgraduate students to experiment with research, teaching and learning methods. Metalab collaborated with partners including the Science Museum, GV Art, and Tufts University’s Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory. Metalab, which I co-organised with Maya Oppenheimer, was funded by the London Consortium and the Royal College of Art. See Metalab's blog here.

BAllen_micro2a

Photograph by Becky Allen, from Metalab’s Close-Up: Microscopic Life Drawing workshop, Imperial College, 2012

Krustapseudicals

Edible crystals made with ingredients inspired by advice and advertising found in beauty magazines. See more photos and read about them here and see and interview with me about them here.

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Krustapseudicals exhibited at Does Dark Matter? curated by cosmicmegabrain,October 2012. Photograph by
Martina O’Shea.

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