Drawing on research into Morphology, in particular the work of mathematician Alan Turing and biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, this performance lecture investigates one of the most commonly recurring shapes in the natural world: the Hexagon.
A vast image bank built up by the artist collects examples of where this shape best presents itself, from the archives of the Natural History Museum to geological sites where hexagonal patterns form in prismatic structures, such as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
As part of a year as Writer in Residence, Rachel Pimm presents this new text and film, part of ongoing video project Morpho Chemical.
Rachel Pimm (b. Harare, 1984, lives in London) works in sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. They are interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Their work has been included in recent programmes including Hales Gallery, Jerwood Space, ANDOR, Tenderpixel and Chisenhale Gallery, The Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery (all London 2014-2019) as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. She has an MFA from Goldsmiths and lectures in Fine Art at Camberwell College.