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THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE - massive intermedia art istallation with an agmented reality elements

This interdisciplinary art-science project by Richard G. Mitchell and Karina Smigla-Bobinski is evolving, as a concept for an intermedia art performance in celebration of European Space Agency's EUCLID Space Mission. Launching in 2022, ESA is attempting to define the geometry of space, in a search for the mysterious 'dark matter and dark energy', estimated to constitute 95% of the universe.

Originally intended by Richard as a classical music performance piece for voices and strings, THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE was composed using extracts of the original Latin text from Sir Isaac Newton's book of scientific law - 'Principia’ (Published by the Royal Society in 1687.). Newton's work marked the epoch of a ground breaking revolution in science.
THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE was composed as a suite of music, arranged to be sung in Newton's original latin, exploring the ethereal beauty and exquisite workings of nature as observed e.g. by Newton, each piece based on one of his scientific principles. For example ‘Axiomata’ depicts the laws of motion, 'Regulæ Philosophandi', the rules of nature and 'Phænomenon', observations of terrestrial bodies.
With input from the Space Mission Project Manager Giuseppe Racca and Project Scientist René Laureijs, a seed was sewn for a collaboration with ESA. THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE became an interdisciplinary project, that would also embrace the work of Euclid and the early mathematicians, as a connection between arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. 

This development brought Karina on board. She comes to the project with a wide knowledge of artistic expression, and is developing a massive intermedia interactive installation involving elements of augmented reality. Her work embraces phenomenon such as Penzias & Wilson's White Noise, Pythagorean Harmony, in addition to Newton's theories. For further scientific background Karina invited Marcus Mäder from the Technical University of Munich to support her in the field of acoustics for the performance aspects of the installation, and a request was accepted by choreographer Helena Waldmann to join the collaboration.

The creatives began a conversation with ESA in 2019 when they were granted access to the Euclid project. Then in early 2020, work began with Benedict Redgrove who filmed the construction of the beautiful Korsch telescope at Airbus in Toulouse, before the optical mechanism was housed inside the space vehicle. 

THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE now embraces a wider remit, exploring the ethereal beauty and exquisite workings of nature, each piece based on a variety of scientific principles from Euclid of Alexandria 300 BC to ESA’s Euclid space mission launching in 2020. The music will be performed live with massive intermedia interactive installation, involving augmented reality and a live dance performance. Stay tuned!


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Richard G. Mitchel > composer

Richard is an Ivor Novello award winning composer, best known for scoring movies such as A GOOD WOMAN, TO KILL A KING, GRAND THEFT PARSONS, ACROSS THE LAKE, MOBY DICK and for his tv work, the music for BBC's BAFTA award winning period drama THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL.  

He graduated from St Martins School of Art, where he studied Fine Art and collaborated with students who were making films and art installation projects at the Royal College of Art and the National Film School. His personal tutor at St Martins was Malcolm Le Grice, the Godfather of the British avant garde film movement and an early collaboration with the celebrated composer Cornelius Cardew and PLM, was initiated by the National Film School.  

His film scores, theatre productions and live events, have involved many diverse genres of music, from period scores with large orchestras and choirs, to a variety of folk scores, jazz and electronic work.

He was honoured with a commission to record a score with the Polish Symphony Orchestra for THE CALL OF THE TOAD written by Günter Grass, and directed by celebrated director Robert Glinskî. The movie was produced as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Solidarity and fall of the Berlin Wall by Regina Zieglar in Berlin. Richard was also commissioned by the Tate Gallery in London to compose a jazz suite for the highly acclaimed Francis Bacon Retrospective, and the Opening Ceremony for FIFA's Euro 96 Football Championship, which was televised live to 500 million people around the world from Wembley Stadium.

His composition for the theatre includes the score for Corin Redgrave's production of OUSAMA and  HIDDEN IN THE SAND, which was written and directed by the award-winning playwright & director James Phillips at the Trafalgar Theatre in London's West End. He composes, records and produces music from his Somerset studio and home, in the West of England.

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description > massive intermedia art istallation with an agmented reality elements
components > coming soon
dimensions > variable
Premiere > 2022