'The New Accelerator' exhibition symposium

Events — Exhibition Symposium Ruskin 203, Anglia Ruskin University campus, Cambridge.
23 March 2023, 14:00

This symposium coincides with 'The New Accelerator' exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery, which presents the work of 27 artists. Named after a short story by H.G. Wells from 1901,

'The New Accelerator' establishes a dialogue between a range of artists whose work reflects advances in technology through reductive, minimal, architectonic or geometric approaches.

Exhibiting Artists:

Katrina Blannin, Eric Butcher, Sandra Crisp, Natalie Dower, Tim Ellis, Julia Farrer, Árpád Forgo, Hanz Hancock + Patrick Morrissey, Stephen Jaques, Hans Kotter, Caroline List, George Meyrick, Ian Monroe, Jeremy Morgan, Laurence Noga, Milly Peck, playpaint, Carol Robertson, Sarah Sparkes, Benet Spencer, Trevor Sutton, Trisant (Julian Hughes Watts), Kate Terry, April Virgoe, Adia Wahid, Mary Yacoob  

Co-curated by:

Hanz Hancock & Patrick Morrissey   (Saturation Point)
Laurence Noga                                                                     
Benet Spencer

The New Accelerator, a short story by H.G. Wells from 1901, addresses technological development, introducing a new perception of reality through a tonic which has the effect of slowing the world’s rotation. Taking the same name, The New Accelerator exhibition, aims to establish a dialogue between a range of artists who have reflected advances in technology through reductive, minimal, architectonic or geometric approaches. This story chimes with the editing process and focus through which abstract artists construct their images, using processes based on limitation, a single element, or through repetition or extension. Working with various partner organisations and individuals, the project identifies an interaction between art, science, science fiction and systems. Through presenting 27 contrasting artist’s practices, the exhibition, along with symposium and catalogue essays, will address points of connection and departure within these key areas.


The discourse surrounding Geometrical and Systems based art remains rooted in 1960s and early 1970s zeitgeist for purity, through clarity of thought and articulation, and as an extension of earlier Modernist dialogues. Conventionally located often as related to painting or other physical processes of construction such as sculpture or wall-based reliefs, The New Accelerator exhibition profiles a wider range of work, such as digital generative simulation or 3d video animation, which are presented alongside work that continues to explore media such as oil or acrylic on canvas, 3d relief constructions and installation.

Drawing upon key works within the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, such as Jeffrey Steele’s Sg III 103 (1988), and with Cambridge’s position as a hub of scientific and mathematical innovation taken as a starting point, the project aims to draw attention to the surrounding discourse, and how this connects with a wider range of contemporary artists working in diverse media, whilst locating their work in context of science or science fiction.

Hans Kotter - Triple Tube, 2012
Hans Kotter - Triple Tube, 2012

Event contact: benet.spencer@aru.ac.uk

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