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17/07/15: Powerful piece of artwork to spark debate at Manchester Science Festival

Artists from across Manchester battled it out to win the chance to create a special electricity-themed art piece set to be launched at this year’s Manchester Science Festival. Powerful piece of artwork to spark debate at Manchester Science Festival

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, is partnering with Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford to provide a brand new £5,000 commission which will combine art and science and aim to spark debate around the role electricity plays in daily lives.

The winning piece, Kinetic Flux, will be created by digital film maker Paul Miller and glass artist Griet Beyaert and it will capture human kinetic energy and the potential this developing technology has for future power needs.

Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager for Electricity North West, said: “We were really impressed with all the entries, but Kinetic Flux really stood out to us and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

“It’s easy to take electricity for granted but as the North West’s network operator we work hard to keep the lights on across the region, so it’s going to be exciting to see people enjoy and watch this creative piece based on electricity and the role it plays in our daily lives.”

The art piece will include a network of glass sculptures, through which electric light energy will pulse until the viewer steps closer and takes control. Movements will be monitored by an infra-red camera, which will influence the current and as a result the visitor will witness the relationship between human activity and energy output.

Dr. Marieke Navin, Manchester Science Festival Director, said: “We are thrilled to have awarded this inaugural prize to Griet and Paul for their inspired and collaborative entry.

“We were really keen to find something completely different and visually arresting which can really ignite interest in science through creative means highlighting how closely linked science and art really are.”

Electricity North West is sponsoring the Manchester Science Festival for the third time, which runs between 22 October and 1 November.

Full details of the commission, its terms and the awards process are available at www.manchestersciencefestival.com/electricart.


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