Imago - A dragonfly in motion at the London Design Festival
Circus Gallery is hosting a series of events in September to compliment Oliver Smart's celebration of the dragonfly.
In conversation with a dragonfly
This event uses Imago - A dragonfly in motion to explore the play between science and art.
Dr. Benjamin Price, Senior Curator in Charge of Small Orders, Natural History Museum.
Dr. Huai-Ti Lin, Principle Investigator, Lecturer in Neural Engineering and Bio-robotics, Imperial College London, Department of Bioengineering.
Dr. Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collections, the Science Museum, London.
Oliver Smart, Artist, Puppetry Specialist, Designer, Communicator. Director Folded Feather. Chairperson
Dilys Maltby, senior partner at Circus, which is the home of Circus Gallery and where the exhibition Imago - A dragonfly in motion is currently taking place until 21st November 2019.
Thursday 19th September
6:30pm - 8:30pm
St Marylebone School, followed by drinks and conversation at Circus Gallery. Booking Link (The event is free of charge but does require pre-booking)
Imago: A movement masterclass with Oliver Smart
The creation of Dragonfly - Imago will be exploited as a tool to uncover how the medium of puppetry can be employed within mechanical prototyping, design and animation.
Oliver’s process treats the subject within nature as a complex, mechanical/poetic text which through annotated observation and physical expression will allow a dynamic shifting essence of itself to be communicated.
The considerations of interface, communication and empathy have been rooted at the centre of puppetry practise for many thousands of years.
The object is liberated from the functional and in this freedom can express life.
Saturday 21 September
10am - 1pm
Circus Gallery, 58 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 5HT Booking Link
This exhibition of Oliver Smart's work celebrates the exquisite wonder of the dragonfly.
Circus Gallery, W1U 5HT, on now until 26th September.
The exhibition will feature within The London Design Festival 2019 with a series of events including a masterclass and a panel discussion on the connectivity between Art and Science.
MRI Space Shuttle
Our collaboration with Eva Loth (Senior Lecturer in Psychology) at the Sackler Institute of Translational Neurodevelopment, Kings College London, goes from strength to strength; with the workshop busy creating four more of our MRI Space Shuttle environments as a central component for a future pan-European study into the brain development of pre-school children on the Autism spectrum.
Murmerations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice has published online a film interview between the Systemic Psychotherapist Mark Huhnen and some of our most colourful characters.
They discuss their relationship to themselves, their audiences and reveal how they understand their existence.
Hot Chip "Spell"
We jumped at another opportunity to work with director Simon Owens, this time by coordinating the puppetry and object animation for this piece of music-video-art where a bedroom comes to life in malevolence towards a couple with romantic intentions.
Artist - Hot Chip
Director - Simon Owens
Producer - Georgia Rose
Puppeteers - Oliver Smart, Choe Purcell, Oliver Hymans.
Cast - Rose Lucas, Mattia Sonnino