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Launch date: 11.11.11.

‘Beyond the Material World’

Contact: iaqa@hotmail.co.uk


Mission Statement

Our aim is to explore the art/science interface by participating in activities which aim to transform human understanding of contemporary theories of reality: at present these include quantum theory, parallel worlds, multiverse, higher dimensional space, string theory and cosmology.

The IAQA is a new contemporary art collective comprising of Jean Harlow (Founder Artist) and Diana Ali (Curator Artist) along with two US based quantum artists, Paula Hawkins and Solomon Kane. We will explore the idea of artistic visions which intuitively reach beyond this three-dimensional, material world to explore alternative possible realities through taking a positive approach. Through this collective we are pleased to announce our first exhibition at Bar Lane Gallery in York. The show will explore the statement ‘Seeing Beyond the Material World ’ and aims to be inspirational and encouraging others to reach out towards a more positive and sustainable future.



about the first exhibition


We have now selected 17 artists to participate in our first exhibition 'Beyond the Material World'. The selected artists are required to build an interactive space around their work’s focus which will act as a ‘world’ in which the audience will participate and intervene with the art. Each artist’s world will connect to the next in the exhibition space. ‘Space’ can be interpreted physically as well as mentally. We also ask the artists to integrate audience participation within their work to demonstrate our belief in that this is a participatory universe: we actively create our own reality.


Works featured will move away from dominating fixed theories and measures of conventional science. We are taking the view that art can be a viewed as a platform for multiple expressions of social ideals; where art and science co-exist harmoniously. The exhibition strives to have a holistic and egalitarian approach which asks all who participate how we can construct a new outcome or world view together. The works considered provides positive, awe inspiring, futures rather than promoting any apocalyptical visions.


Image courtesy of: Eddy Dreadnought

Claire Lount (Sheffield, UK)


4 x free standing sculptures 2 foot x 3 foot, mixed media

The miniatures are sculptures, replicas of buildings that once stood along the East Coast of England. As a result of coastal erosion the land beneath the buildings has been sucked away undermining their structure and leading to their demise.

Through recreating these forgotten places and bringing them together in a collective; that which is forgotten is brought into a new domain. The miniatures’ presence together in a new space creates a world in which they can exist, a parallel universe of that which has been lost. The miniatures rest in an uneasy place between a longing for what is lost and their awkward state within the present.

Walter Benjamin described how contradictory elements could come together revealing a dialectical image in their wake, the miniatures and the space surrounding them can be read dialectically, with the polarities of past and present, the homely and the uncanny, the fashionable and the unfashionable. These polarities play themselves out within the sculptures creating a bridge between the now and what has gone before, thus presenting an image of the past in its uneasy place within the present.