October 28, 2021

I, Science

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3 November, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


SciGallery Microcosms

Artist Effie Paleologou has turned London’s streets and pavements into her laboratory, recording specimens of discarded chewing gum with the eye of a forensic detective. Based on the hypothesis that saliva is a DNA carrier, she has approached each piece of gum evidence as a unique mark of identity.

The resulting images are reminiscent of geological formations where the sense of distance is unclear, sifting constantly between close and far, micro and macro. What might be a telescopic view of the constellations of the cosmos could equally be a Petri-dish seen through a microscope.

Paleologou is mapping the city through the debris of its anonymous inhabitants. Each has left an intimate marker of their passing to create numerous fossil-like residues, clinging to the pavement for posterity, while ever being reshaped and eroded.

Microcosms is currently on display in the Colonnade in the Guy’s Campus of King’s College London.

At this event, artist Effie Paleologou will be in conversation with Iain Sinclair, an author and filmmaker who wrote a short essay in September 2015 for Photomonitor magazine, ‘The Cosmological Eye,’ about Effie’s earlier realisation of Microcosms.

Effie and Iain will be talking about the themes explored in Microcosms, and the talk will explore what the SGL commission has added to this artwork.

This event is free but places are limited.


3 November, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Science Gallery London


Guy’s Chapel
London, SE1 1XY United Kingdom