Immanence and its Distortions, 2016

Art/science collaboration

This video artwork was commissioned by La Luna Youth Arts in Townsville for an exhibition called Emergence that toured North Queensland regional centres in 2016.

Emergence included a series of collaborations between artists and scientists, connecting emergent and experienced practitioners. In this instance senior artist Ashley Holmes teamed with emerging scientist, Ruby Holmes, who facilitated access to scientifically controlled experimental conditions for documenting a spawning coral colony at the Australian Sea Simulator. 

Influenced by Mexican assemblage art, 3D printed coral polyp forms decorate an altar where reverential homage to the wonder of spawning coral is invited.

The title of the work alludes to the idea that attempts to understand the cosmos – whether scientific, artistic or religious always distort its immanence.