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These, and a 100+ images never seen outside the labs, were curated for their striking strangeness, during a Residency as Leverhulme Artist at the University of Warwick Chemistry Department, in a collaboration with Professor of Chemistry, Patrick Unwin.  Image credits at the end of the page. 



Microscopic Made Large

Rotating chem-art images were exhibited on giant digital screens to launch the £19 million Oculus building at Warwick University.


Constantly Mistaken

A calendar featuring famous chemists.

Avogadro, constantly mistaken,

was the chemist for April.

Where dust can be a planet

When a planet can be a biscuit.....

Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere

Brings together microscopic images from chemistry, drawing, animation, soundscapes of eerie bleeping, wheezing machines collected in the labs, together with music by the space-rock band Zendad.......... in a journey to inner space. 

Made with Laurence Campbell with the support of Warwick University Chemistry Department. Click to view film

Gallery of the Micronosphere 

Members of the public were asked to respond to science images as if they were alone in an art gallery, thinking aloud, saying whatever came into their mind - their voices are the sound-track, the consciousness of the Gallery of the Micronosphere. 

Made with Laurence Campbell. Clip is from Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere .

"Collaboration is a creativity accelerant"

A Recitation of Microscopes

The scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscope, the optical microscope...….are among many microscopes used by research chemists. Naming them makes for a found poem - a Recitation of Microscopes,  a kind of scientific chant.

Chemist Minkyung Kang recited the microscopes and Laurence Campbell made the voice machine-like.


A recitation of microscopes - Mary Courtney and Minkyung Kang
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Germanium the Gerbilish-Dervilish 

Re-imagining the element Germanium as a character, based on its properties and word associations. It is goggle-eyed - as Germanium is used in night vision glasses - and moves quickly, like a gerbil or a whirling dervish, whizzing words in fibre-optic phone cables.

You can watch the film clip of the poem above

(Film made with Laurence Campbell).    

Germanium the Gerbilish-Dervilish

Are you Germanium Greer?

Are you a potted plant?

Germ of an idea?


Do you go by German?

Or by Goebbel gerbil?

Are you a merman?

Or a mermaid herman?

Do you speak gerbilish

Or Goebbel dervilish?

Is guessing germane

A geranium game?

Are you the goggle-eye gerbil?
Are you the boggle-eyed dervish?
Are you Germanium, the Gerbilish-Dervilish?

Image Credits from University of Warwick Chemistry 

Slide 1 left. Paracetamol crystal, Maria Adobes-Vidal

Slide 1 middle. Bicalutamide crystal, interferometry, Harriet Pearce

Slide 1 right. Capillary tube, David Perry

Slide 2 left. Furesomide crystal interferometry, Maria Adobes-Vidal

Slide 2 middle. Paracetamol crystal. Maria Adobes-Vidal

Slide 2 right, Nanoscopic inflated polymer football, Gemma Davies

Slide 3 left, tip with platinum deposit, scanning electron microscope, Emma Ravenhill

Slide 3 middle, Calcium Sulfate interferometry, Emma Ravenhill

Slide 3 end, Paracetamol crystal, Maria Adobes-Vidal


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