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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

Jess Littlewood (London, UK)

THE END I 25 x 18cm, Giclee Print on Paper, 2011, Edition of one + artist proof THE END II 21 x 15cm, Giclee Print on Paper, 2011, Edition of one + artist proof THE END IV 20 x 27cm, Giclee Print on Paper, 2011, Edition of one + artist proof
The main motivation within Littlewood’s practice is to resolve confusion between being a living human being, and possessing the knowledge that one day you will cease to exist. This capacity for knowledge, she believes is at once the magnificence, and the ridiculousness of man, and its defining characteristic. Through resistance to believe that these questions can be answered through believing in the mystic and unquantifiable, Littlewood has developed a practice that interrogates belief and the thought systems that surround it. In an attempt to confront this tension Littlewood has developed a visual language, and therefore a unique visual world in which images are constructed that act as windows into a plane in which human nature and knowledge can be explored. Within this language certain motifs develop symbolic importance, and repeated images gain an iconic status. Through the accumulation of images landscapes are built, which stage ritualistic, yet abandoned events, and where Utopia engages in a futile battle with nature. jess.littlewood@yahoo.com