ANIMA MUNDI – The World Ensouled
This participatory tour of Simeon Nelson’s Studio articulated in conversation with psychologist Monia Brizzi will offer an experiential opportunity of reconnecting to the heart of matter and be restored to the world of sense by the mystery and nourishment of things.
Saturday 22 June
15:00 to 18.00
SIMEON NELSON STUDIO
Studio 1, Acava Studios 1-15 Cremer Street, London
E2 8HD Opposite Hoxton Station
Contact Monia Brizzi to reserve a place:
tel: 07737 82188
Systems of Romance 2012
algorithmic and modular sculpture
and video by simeon nelson
10 july to 11 august 2012
KickArts Contemporary Arts | Cairns, Australia http://kickarts.org.au/exhibitions/archive/2012/systems-of-romance/
Simeon Nelson presents Plenum, an HD video work in the Gallery 1 Void space, and
sculptures from his Paratekton series and the modular sculptural system, Relicário.
Simeon Nelson dedicates Systems of Romance to Monia Brizzi in gratitude for her transformative effect on his thinking and his life.
9-13 August, Skyway ’11, Torun, Poland
22-25 September, Valgus Festival Tallinn, Estonia
17-20 November, Lumiere, Durham
I am one of three international artists working with Artichoke, a London based commissioning agency on a tripartite exhibition in the UK, Poland and Estonia. It is jointly curated by Mario Caeiro a Lisbon based curator and Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke. Support has been provided by the EU Culture Fund to realise the project.
Three light festivals in UK, Poland and Estonia will play host to three commissioned pieces, each exploring the scientific and aesthetic aspects of light. Three artists, Simeon Nelson (UK), Dominik Lejman (Poland) and Leonardo Meigas (Estonia), will create the installations, which will be developed with the three cities in mind, and rebuilt within site-specific contexts at each festival.
Lux Scientia will be curated to address academic and public audiences. Lux Scientia intends to foster scientific and cultural dialogues. The festivals will partner with academic institutions to develop a symposium at each festival. Each symposium will bring together the public, scientists, cultural experts and artists. The content of the symposiums will be realised as the artworks develop, which offers an alternative to the perceived formal nature of scientific discussions.
I am developing a computer based architectural projection in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman. It is a development of an ongoing project first shown in 2010 –
Plenum (moon, mind, matter)
Travessa de Ermida gallery, Belém, Portugal
Curated by Mario Caeiro
September 10th to October 25th
Vernissage, 10 September
I am building a major new installation for Vicente, at the Travessa de Ermida gallery, Belém, Portugal
Entitled Relicario it will be situated apse of Ermida gallery, a deconsecrated church and it dedicates a contemporary reliquary to Saint Vincent, patron saint of Lisbon. In this sculptural evocation, the object is a modular system synthesizing ornamental geometry, Christian spirituality and industrial design make corporeal the immateriality of the religious myth.
My work for this exhibition has been generously funded by the University of Hertfordshire.
VICENTE press release
Wellcome Trust funded Artist Residency at the UCLH Cancer Centre, London
March 2011 to March 2012.
I have been awarded a £30,000 Wellcome Trust Grant to create an artwork on cancer as a complex system at the new UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, London. This research involves collaboration with complexity theorists, oncologists, laboratory staff and cancer patients. The work will take place from April 2011 to April 2012. The outcomes will be an exhibition, a book and a public symposium with contributions from a range of scientific and cultural thinkers.
Please go to this url for information and updates on progress
Oncopolis, pen and pencil on A4 drafting paper, 2011
Textual Intervention into the BRC/CRF, Guys Hospital Tower, London
commissioned by the Guys and St Thomas’s Charity 2011
self adhesive vinyl, box framed lasercut acrylic works
I have always been fascinated by words, by the roots of language, how Greek and Latin suffuse our understanding of the world especially in the sciences. After looking at various non-textual forms of visual representation of the research at the BRC/CRF I decided to make an artwork about medical terminology and nomenclature. I have always wanted to do a linguistically based artwork and this was the perfect opportunity. I have composed many text works on computer but had never shown them. They consist of palindromes constructed out of words that interest me thematically, at that time words to do with stylistic change, for example classical and baroque.
The installation consists of framed laser cut acrylic word diamonds and also vinyl palindromes based on sequentially, structural proteins, (applied to connecting spaces)neurotransmitters, (applied to meeting rooms) and DNA bases and amino acids applied to offices and patient corridors.
I am interested in the slippage of language from the fixed semiotics of a known word to the calligraphic aesthetics and suggestibility of a random string of letters. For this commission I deployed Greek and Latin suffixes and prefixes of medical terminology pertinent to the research occurring at the BRC/CRF, helped by input from senior researchers, into wall based word diamonds and palindromes cut from 10mm acrylic sheet and also applied as vinyl signage to the internal windows so that there are two systems of linguistic meaning occurring in the space. The window mounted vinyl flows through the space on the same datum line in bands of repeating palidromes four letters high so that the transparency of the window is disrupted by text that moves from almost recognisable medical language to almost nonsensical associations.
The word diamonds are works in their own right, framed and separate from the wall, operating on the boundary of the calligraphic and the semantic. The font, Gill Sans has a classical modernist monumentality and calm.