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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

Fi Burke (Derby)


2 x 1.5 m x 1m Beds of Flour

There is insignificant significance in one tiny grain of flour being representative of the earth as a speck in the entire universe or a spark of an idea in the human brain. Our minds are like multiverses, firing the energy of ideas. The grains in these parallel but independent flour ‘gardens’ are a place to capture those ideas, to share universes, to change or erase thoughts or start new chains of wisdom. There will be beginnings and there will be evolutions.
My work is influenced by Eastern Philosophies and is often playful. I sometimes work in ‘beds’ of flour to explore my interest in how words can change perspectives, become a belief, cover up or displace reality or reveal the truth.
The flour beds are evocative of Zen gardens and the use of the familiar staple of flour encourages consideration of how easily language can be ‘ingested’ like the ‘daily slice’. Ritualistic ‘raking’ of the delusions or truth of words can take place to facilitate openness to new ideas and ways of being that are without attachment to previous thoughts.