GPS and satellites, iPhone apps, blood and waterfalls: Katy Connor at Plymouth Arts Centre

By Culture24 Reporter | 06 October 2011
A photo of a woman looking at a shimmering pattern on a film screen in a darkened gallery
© Bill Leslie
Exhibition: Katy Connor, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, October 8-22 2011

If adventures in atomic investigation represented through video installations sound like an experiment worth watching, Katy Connor is on to a winner.

The Spike Island-based artist has made an iPhone app revealing the noise generated between GPS systems and satellites, used industrial processes to translate a micrograph of her own blood into architectural porcelain and, in the snappily-titled N 51447.652 W 339.812, made a triptych of a waterfall captioned by its geographical location.

"During the past 12 months I have been considering scientific processes, Atomic Force Microscopy and Data Visualisation," she says, discussing her spell as an Associate Artist at the University of Plymouth's Visual Arts Consortium.

"The work presented here has developed through the process of bringing scientific data into a fine art context – to become tactile and tangible through sculpture, installation and photography."

Her quest, she believes, is to find different ways of using, touching and discussing technology.

"My practice reflects upon its physical properties and engages with its materiality," she adds.

"It explores the way that mediums infuse our senses, frame our perceptions and structure our contemporary views."

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