ANIMA MUNDI – The World Ensouled

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
Studio 1, Acava Studios 1-15 Cremer Street, London
E2 8HD Opposite Hoxton Station
Contact Monia Brizzi to reserve a place:
tel: 07737 82188

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Diaspora Coalescence back in the studio

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Systems of Romance


Systems of Romance 2012

algorithmic and modular sculpture
and video by simeon nelson
10 july to 11 august 2012

KickArts Contemporary Arts | Cairns, Australia
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.

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“New Directions in Complexity, Equipping Religious Leadership in an Age of Science”

cosmologyI attended this Templeton Funded workshop hosted by Durham University with psychologist Monia Brizzi  in January 2013.

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Lux Scientia, A European Constellation

July-November 2011

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 –
Lux Scientia
Plenum (moon, mind, matter)

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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

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Anarchy in the Organism



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

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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.

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Plenum (Moon/Mind/Matter), Skyway 10, Torun Poland

Plenum (Moon/Mind/Matter)

Simeon Nelson in collaboration with Rob Godman and Nick Rothwell

architectural projection

Gravity Dance, Skyway 10 Art and Astronomy Festival, Torun Poland

curated by Mario Caeiro

For Toruń’s Collegium Maximum, Simeon Nelson conceived and developed a dynamic light projection inspired by the recent discovery of water and ice on the Moon. The piece came out of the artist’s fascination with the fundamental processes of nature and is based on a series of his drawings that attempt to depict states of matter at very small scales.

The projection onto the facade of the Collegium Maximum took the transformation of water from solid, to liquid and gas as its starting point. The ice in some moon craters is only 25 kelvin; when the sun hits the temperature rises dramatically transforming the ice to liquid and vapourous states. The projection cycle of Plenum (Moon/Mind/Matter) starts as a perfect grid of dots arranged in a crystalline matrix, new dots begin to appear forcing the surrounding dots apart so that after 15 minutes the entire grid is pulsating, swaying and liquefying with particles popping in and out of existence. The top layers of the grid begin to disintegrate into a gaseous state shooting off in seemingly random trajectories so that the projection runs a full sequence from a frozen state of absolute order through increasing entropy to a state of complete chaos.

Plenum (Moon/Mind/Matter) questions the separateness of the points so that they are perceived as a field of events rather than a collection of separate entities just as what we perceive as physical bodies in the cosmos are manifestations, concretions of the created order held in dynamic balance with each other by gravity, electromagnetic and nuclear forces depending on what scale they occur at. In terms of the implications of quantum theory these fragments popping in and out of existence could be said to be a system containing all possible worlds, latently waiting to manifest.

Plenum (Moon/Mind/Matter) plays out as a creation myth, a meditation on the relationship between the created world and creator. It can be read on material, cognitive and spiritual levels. Its crystalline grid is a plenum from which phenomena with increasing levels of complexity and freedom grow. The imperfections could be seen as self-awareness and autonomy awakening out of a universal atman, or alternatively, out of the pre-human lesser cognition of animals. This intelligence, this autonomy, this free will is our gift to use for good or ill and the calamitous history of humanity is the price for that freedom. The created order of the natural world is also necessarily free so that evolution and higher life forms like us can come into being and become creators ourselves. The laws of nature have provided the conditions for us to exist that include plate-tectonics, dynamical weather systems, tsunamis, tornadoes etc. Creative freedom cannot exist without risk. There cannot be the freedom to grow in conscience without the freedom to be evil.

The work was developed in close collaboration with Rob Godman and Nick Rothwell.
Rob Godman is a composer, sound designer and programmer. He is Reader in Music at the University of Hertfordshire. As well as creating generative, responsive and interactive installation audio works he regularly performs live, focusing on a transparent relationship between technology, audience and performer.
Nick Rothwell is a London-based composer, performer, media artist and programmer. He has produced sound scores for several choreographers and interactive media systems for the Vienna Volksoper, Ballett Frankfurt, TECHNE (Istanbul), Kinetica and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance at Sadler’s Wells. He is currently touring with a laser-controlled responsive soundscape for Eddie Ladd.
Robert Godman and Nick Rothwell aligned the soundtrack and animation sequence to the same code so that there was a perfect mapping of sound and vision. The projection occurred in real time, being non-linear and self-generating: each cycle had different outcomes determined by the code parameters.

Torun is a beautiful medieval city in North West Poland and is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. The Skyway festival is curated by Mario Caeiro and is forms part of Torun’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2016.

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Paratekton at Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane



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