Another Day in Futile Battle Against the 2nd Law
October - November 2016
The Second Law of Thermodynamics States that whenever energy is transformed from one form to another form, entropy increases and energy decreases.
Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present Another Day in Futile Battle Against the 2nd Law, a new body of work by Aisling O’Beirn.
The work for this exhibition falls under the 2nd law. It consists of a sculptural installation and some new animations pieces, all of which explore in different ways how a lay-person struggles to understand scientific concepts. It has been made with the support of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. The installation explores stellar distances by spatially imagining the constellation the Great Bear, using precariously balanced and placed found objects. The animation Overwhelming (Meteor Showers) is a reflection on time and the nature of predictable and unpredictable events. The animation, Slices of Time (some questions), tracks conversations on subjects ranging from infinity, inflation the big bang and stellar distributions with astronomer Simon Jeffery.
With special thanks to Emeritus Prof. Mark Bailey and to Simon Jeffery of Armagh Observatory.
Public Talk: "Earth's Place in Space: Discovering Humanity's Shared Celestial Heritage" by Professor Mark E. Bailey, Emeritus Director of Armagh Observatory Friday28 October, 11-12 noon. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
About: Aisling O’ Beirn is an artist based in Belfast whose current sculptural work is concerned with exploring space as a physical structure and a political entity by making and animating forms relating to observed and theoretical structures being studied by contemporary astronomers and physicists. Projects have investigated ideas around entropy order, disorder and balance and how laypersons try to understand scientific and mathematical ideas. Recent work has been facilitated by Armagh Observatory and Dunsink Observatory. O'Beirne has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was included in Northern Ireland’s first participation in the 51st Venice Biennale. Her work manifests variously as sculpture, installation, animation and site-specific projects.