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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

Diana Ali (Nottingham, UK)


Photography and Light.

Day dreaming, procrastinating, temporary disengagement, the classic 'break from reality'; one has a yearning to disassociate from the monotony of our habitual base doings. A momentary release is all that is needed. The Higher Self in the remoteness talks to the subconscious and tells us that a frivolous and meaningless task will not damage the actual reality that we live in but it will merely briefly dislodge. How does one do this? Multiple images from the everyday have been manipulated, distorted and misconstrued to represent the many ways in which we can have this escapism hence, the removal effect is reflected. One person's fantasy is never the same as another's but SPAWN asks the audience to change this. Where one thought is deemed to be the product of the owner, in turn it is to be appropriated into an uncontrolled outcome. After all, are we not spawning Parallel Universes constantly and together?