Photos for Another Magazine exclusive: Katie Paterson’s 100 Billion Suns

Katie Paterson Another Magazine

Katie Paterson can transport you from the micro to the macro in a heartbeat. The rising British art star’s past projects include burying an atomic-sized grain of sand in a desert, setting an old vinyl of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons playing on a turntable at the imperceptible speed of the Earth’s orbit and a parade of lamps on a Kentish pier, flickering in time with lightening storms around the world.

She has a rare knack for connecting the everyday with the great imponderables of time and space. Created in collaboration with AnOther and Haunch of Venison, her unique project at the 54th Venice Biennale is no exception, elegantly linking the literally throwaway and familiar with one of the universe’s most perplexing marvels.

The following photographs document some of the 100 or so explosions of confetti, spontaneously let off here and there at unplanned sites around the ancient city. In quantity and colour, the 3216 little pieces of paper match gamma-ray bursts, highly rare events which are the brightest explosions known in the universe – if one were to occur in the Milky Way it would mean total extinction for life on Earth. With a hand-held confetti cannon, Paterson compresses every GRB explosion into a brief, beautiful bang.

The full documentation of 100 Billions Suns will be on Katie Paterson’s website soon.

Artist: Katie Paterson
Photography: Martin John Callanan
Interactive Direction: Luke Spice and Luke Shumard
Text: Skye Sherwin

Special thanks to Matt Watkins and Haunch of Venison

Ice Balls

BJP ice balls

Boing Boing

Late last night I began hearing reports of strange icy objects in a part of east London (UK) commonly referred to as Victoria Park. It was too dark to investigate and the park was locked until this morning. At dawn I set out to investigate, having only just returned to my office, this is the first email I write. What I discovered was so strange and unusual the first step was to upload the documentation to my website and contact you as a matter of urgency.

Within what appeared to be a rather contained area of roughly 200 acres coinciding remarkably with the boundary of Victoria Park, I found and recorded more than 300 occurrences of what I refer to as “ice balls”. These are roughly spherical objects ranging from ~30cm to more than ~150cm diameter. For now, until more information becomes available to me, I must surmise these “ice balls” are similar in origin to hail. Perhaps this exaggerated scale is the latest phenomenon associated to our rapidly changing climate.

Martin has posted his documentation online.

Read more: British Journal of Photography and Boing Boing.