Katie Paterson (born 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Her artworks make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigour and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.
Katie Paterson has broadcast the sounds of a melting glacier live, mapped all the dead stars, compiled a slide archive of darkness from the depths of the Universe, created a light bulb to simulate the experience of moonlight, and sent a recast meteorite back into space. Eliciting feelings of humility, wonder and melancholy akin to the experience of the Romantic sublime, Paterson’s work is at once understated in gesture and yet monumental in scope.
Katie Paterson has exhibited internationally, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in major exhibitions including Turner Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien, MCA Sydney, Guggenheim Museum, and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She was winner of the Visual Arts category of the South Bank Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.
Future Library, 100 Year Commission, Oslo, Norway, 2014-2114
Mirage, Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye, Commission for Apple, Cupertino, USA, 2022
Requiem, Katie Paterson, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2022
Evergreen, Galleri F15, Moss, Norway, 2022
Glass Exchange, National Glass Centre and Durham Cathedral, Sunderland and Durham, UK, 2022
Katie Paterson, Ideas, Edinburgh University, permanent commission, Edinburgh, 2021
Vertigo, Julian Charrière and Katie Paterson, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2021
The Earth Has Many Keys, NYLO The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2021
To Burn, Forest, Fire, IMHE Commission 2021, Helsinki, Finland, 2021
NOW: Katie Paterson, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK, 2019-21
First There is a Mountain, Touring commission, 25 venues, UK, 2019
A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 2019
SALT, Utah Museum of Modern Art, USA, 2017
From Earth into a Black Hole, James Cohan, New York, USA, 2016
Katie Paterson, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland, 2016
Hollow, Permanent commission with Zeller&Moye
University of Bristol, UK, 2016
Totality, Somerset House, London, UK, 2016
Syzygy, The Lowry, Salford, UK, 2016
Le Champ du Ciel, Field of the Sky, FRAC Frache Comté, Besançon, France, 2015
Ideas, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2014
Earth-Moon-Earth, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK, 2014
Cine Dreams, Planetarium of the City of Milan, Trussardi Foundation, Italy, 2014
Eveningness, Kunstverein & Stiftung Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany, 2014
Second Moon, Locus+, commission, 2014
Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky, Collaboration with the European Space Agency, 2014
In Another Time, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK, 2013
Katie Paterson, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, 2013
Katie Paterson, Selfridges, London, UK, 2013
Inside this Desert, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, 2012
100 Billion Suns, Haunch of Venison, London, UK, 2012
Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky, Exhibition Road Show, Olympics, commission, London, UK, 2012
FOCUS: Katie Paterson, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 2012
Katie Paterson, PKM, Seoul, South Korea, 2011
Continuum, James Cohan, New York, USA, 2011
Transmission, Haunch of Venison, London, UK, 2010
Every Night About This Time, Whitstable Biennale, commission, Whitstable, UK, 2010
Streetlight Storm, Turner Contemporary, and Whitstable Biennale, commission, Deal pier, UK, 2009
Katie Paterson, Albion, London, UK, 2008
Encounters, Katie Paterson, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2008
A Show about Nothing, BY ART MATTERS 之馆, Hangzhou, China, 2022
Louis200, Louis Vuitton, 2021
Manif d’art 10: Illusions are Real, Quebec Biennale, Quebec, Canada, 2022
To Burn, Forest, Fire, Singapore Art Week, Singapore, 2022
Infinitude, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, 2021
To the Edge of Time, Big Bang Leuven Festival, Leuven, Belgium, 2021
Cosmos: Design from Here and Beyond, Centre d’innovation et de design, Le Grand-Hornu, Hornu, Belgium, 2021
Earthbeats: The changing face of nature, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, 2021
We Belong Here, Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, USA, 2021
Summer Reading, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, 2021
All That Was Solid Melts, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aukland, New Zealand, 2021
The World is in You, Medical Museion at Kunsthaus Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2021
Light and Language, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, 2021
To Burn, Forest, Fire, Spielart Festival, Munich, Germany, 2020
The Unseen Masterpiece, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2020
Hotel Beethoven, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium, 2020
Under the Stars, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2020
Back to Earth, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK, 2020
Home, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2020
Ander Mikalson and Katie Paterson: Artworks to Sonify and Colorize the Universe, Simons Center Gallery, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, NY, 2020
To Bough and To Bend, Bridge Projects, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, 2020
Resistance of the Sleepers, UCCA Dune, Beijing, China, 2020
One Way Ticket to Mars, Kunsthal KAde, Amersfoort, Netherlands, 2020
Art Experiment: You’re on Air, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2020
Stupor and tremolo. Sound Stories., Halles aux Arts, Frac Franche-Comté, France, 2020
Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, 2020
An Infinite and Omniverous Sky, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Illinois, USA, 2020
The Time is Now, Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, UK, 2020
Fly Me To The Moon, Museum de Moderne Salzburg; Kunsthaus Zürich, 2020
24/7, Somerset House, London, UK, 2019
The Moon, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia, 2019
Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole), Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, 2019
Moving to Mars, The Design Museum, London, UK, 2019
Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment, Western Carolina University Museum, USA, 2019
L’Odysée des livres sauvés, Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique, Lyon, France, 2019
James Cohan: Twenty Years, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, 2019
MAAN/MOON, Foto Museum Antwerp, Belgium, 2019
The Other Place, køs, Denmark, 2019
The Moon, National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, London, UK, 2019
Night at Day, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile, 2019
Borders, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, 2019
The Moon: From Inner Worlds To Outer Space, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, 2019
The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 2018In Pursuit of Elusive Horizons, Parafin, London, UK, 2018
Jacob’s Ladder, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2018
Astronomy Victorious: Understanding our Universe, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2018
Earth-Moon-Earth, St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh, UK, 2018
Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA, 2018
A Measure of Humanity, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, 2018
TWENTY, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2018
Seven Exhibitions, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany, 2018
Slow Violence, University of Hertfordshire Arts, Hatfield, UK, 2018
Actions. The image of the world can be different, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, 2018
Life Time: Biological Clocks of the Universe, MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2018
Scaling the Sublime: art at the limits of landscape, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, UK, 2018
BUCHWELTEN, ALTANA Kulturstiftung, Bad Homburg vd Höhe, Germany, 2018
Apocalypse – End Without End, Natural History Museum Bern, Switzerland, 2018
OutLook, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China, 2018
ETRE PIERRE, Musee Zadkine, Paris, France, 2017
Islands, Constellations and Galapagos, Yokohama Triennale, Japan, 2017
Gray Matters, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA, 2017
Totality, Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham, UK, 2017
Paysages révélés, Musée de Jouet, Moirans-en-Montagne, France, 2017
and per se and, Part III, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2017
A Certain Kind of Light, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK, 2017
Between Poles and Tides, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2017
The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2016
The Distant Unknown, OCAT, Shanghai, China, 2016
Starry Skies of Art, Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland, 2016
The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to the Present, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2016
Oeuvres. On precision, repetition and obsession, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016
Real Time, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain, 2016
Setting Out, Apexart, New York, USA, 2016
A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, 2016
The Forces Behind the Forms, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, 2016
The Forces Behind the Forms, Museen Haus Lange Und Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany, 2016
The Forces Behind the Forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, 2016
Sky Troopers, Garage Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2015
Threads: A Phantasmagoria about Distance, Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, 2015
Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, USA, 2015
Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, 2015
RARE EARTH, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, 2015
How to Construct a Time Machine, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, 2015
Listening, Hayward Touring Show, Baltic39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, SITE Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, UK, Art Exchange and Firstsite, Colchester, UK 2014-15
Dead Reckoning: Whorled Explorations, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India, 2014
Rumors of the Météore, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France, 2014
Outer Space, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany, 2014
WeberWoche, Stroom den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, 2014
The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, 2014
Laisser les sons aller où ils vont, FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, 2014
They Used to Call it the Moon, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2014
Worlds in Collision: Adelaide International 2014, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Australia, 2014
A Planetary Order, Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin, Germany, 2014
Republic of the Moon, Arts Catalyst, Bargehouse, London, UK, 2014
LIGHT SHOW, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Auckland Art Museum, New Zealand, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, 2013-14
East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, 2013
Curiosity: Art, Wonder & the Pleasures of Knowing, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, Castle Museum & Art Gallery Norwich, UK, de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013-14
Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, 2013
Foreign Bodies, Common Ground, Wellcome Collection, London, UK, 2013
LIFE: ON THE MOON, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, USA, 2013
Suicide Narcissus, The Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago, USA, 2013
Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK, 2013
The Piano, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada, 2013
Now Here is also Nowhere, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA, 2013
The Unseen, The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, China, 2012
Metaphoria, Museo Arqueológico Martins Sarmento, Guimarães, Portugal, 2012
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada, 2012
Expanded Drawing, Casal Solleric, Palma, Spain, 2012
The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK, 2012
Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2012
Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, New York, USA, 2012
100 Billion Suns (Venice), Haunch of Venison and AnOther Magazine, during the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2011
Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen, Art Institute of Chicago, USA, 2011
Meer licht, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands, 2011
Seeing is Knowing: the Universe, Weitz Center for Creativity, Minnesota, USA, 2011
Incheon Woman Artist’s Biennale, South Korea, 2011
Nuit Blanche, Paris, France, 2011
Mystics or Rationalists?, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2011
As the World Turns, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Constellations, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, 2011
Wild Sky, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany, 2011
Space. About a Dream, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria, 2011
Cage Mix, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2010
Systematic, 176, London, UK, 2010
noire et pourtant lumineuse, Matthew Bown Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Map Marathon: Maps for the 21st Century, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 2010
PERFORMA 09, New York, USA, 2009
Life-forms, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2009
Universal Code, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2009
Earth-Moon-Earth, Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, UK, 2009
Contemporary Eye: Material Matters, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK, 2009
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, UK, 2009
Dead Air, FRAC Collection Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Flow, CCAndratx, Mallorca, Spain, 2009
Royal Museums Greenwich, Artist Residency UK, 2020-21
The Arts Council Collection commission, 70th Anniversary UK, 2016
The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize, (PIAC), shortlisted France, 2015
The South Bank Sky Arts Award, Visual Art category, UK, 2015
Artist in Residence, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, 2015
Honorary Fellowship, Edinburgh University, UK, 2013
Artist in Residence, Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust, UK, 2012
Joanna Drew Travel Bursary, Hayward Gallery, UK, 2011
John Florent Stone Fellow, Edinburgh College of Art, UK, 2010-11
Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award, Physics & Astronomy Department, UCL, UK, 2010-11
Darwin Now Award, British Council, UK, 2009
Creative 30, Vice/Yahoo/Independent, UK, 2008
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Arts Council Collection, UK
Artsonje Center, South Korea
AT&T, Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium, USA
Berkeley Art Museum Collection, USA
Concordia College, USA
Edinburgh University, UK
FRAC Franche-Comté, France
FRAC Lorraine, France
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
LaBel, Paris, France
Musee D’Art Classique de Mougins, France
Princeton University Library, USA
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, UK
Stanford University Libraries, USA
University of Alberta, Canada
University of Stirling, UK
University of Warwick, UK
Katie Paterson Studio
Siobhán Maguire, Studio Director
Martin John Callanan, Technical Director
Tom Adam, Studio Assistant
Photography and image credits
Paul Abbit, Blaise Adilon, Martin Argyroglo, Johnna Arnold, Flora Bartlett, James Bennet, Ben Blackall, Christopher Burke, Martin John Callanan, Jim Campbell, Hong Cheolki, Colin Davison, Volke Döhne, Marc Domage, European Space Agency, Thomas Farnetti, Kathryn Faulkner, Paul Green, Hamburg Observatory, Vibeke Hermanrud, Kristin von Hirsch, Cui Junjun, Andy Keate, Peter Legris, Ken Lennox, John McKenzie, Max McClure, Peter Mallet, Andrew Meredith, MIND THE FILM, Fraser Muggeridge studio, Zeller & Moye, Tina Norris, Irene Pérez Hernández, Giorgia Polizzi, Ed Reeve, Ian Rutheford, Remis Ščerbauskas, Simon Steven, Jerry L. Thompson, We Are Tape, Marco De Scalzi, Veikko Somerpuro, Skoyts AS, Francis Ware, Hans Jürgen Wege, Steve White, Kauakea Winston, and Jens Ziehe.
100 Billion Suns (Venice). Commissioned by Haunch of Venison and AnOther magazine, UK, curated by Matt Watkins, with photographs by Martin John Callanan and assistance from Nathan Thomas.
A place that exists only in moonlight (publication). Supported by The Shifting Foundation, and printed and published by Kerber Verlag. With sincere thanks to David Breskin, Florence Ingleby and Richard Ingleby.
All the Dead Stars. Guidance by Gregory Aldering; Cecilia Aragon; David Bishop; Tom Boles; Prof. Brian Boyle; Martin John Callanan; Holly Capelo; Prof. Alejandro Clocchiatti; Paolo Corelli; Dr Susana Deustua; Prof. Richard Ellis; Alessandra Frassati; Dr Emmanuel Gangler; Prof. Peter Garnavich; Gordon Garradd; Dr Gerson Goldhaber; Alex Gibbs; Dr Donald Groom; Dr Craig Hogan; Saurabh Jha; Dr Stephen Justham; Daniel Kasen; Prof. Ofer Lahav; Dr Weidong Li; Robert McNaught; Fabio Martinelli; Robert Meiklejohn; Berto Monard; Prof. Priya Natarajan; Peter Nugent; Dr Carl Pennypacker; Dr Robert Quimby; Prof. Michael Richmond; Joe Rowling; Dr Karl Runge; Dr Patricia Schady; Dr Brian Schmidt; Helen Sim; Prof. Gerard Smadja; Prof. Christopher Stubbs; Dr Mark Sullivan; Dr Mike Summers; and Prof. Stan Woosley. Fabricated by Peter Watts and Ronnie Faria, Powell Manufacturing; United Anodisers; and MDM.
Ancient Darkness TV. Commissioned by PERFORMA 09, USA. Part of PERFORMA TV. Co-presented by PERFORMA and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Curated by Tairone Bastien and Defne Ayas. Supported by the British Council Darwin Now Awards. Aided by Prof. Richard Ellis, CBE FRS, California Institute of Technology; and W.M. Keck Observatory, USA.
Ara. Commissioned by The Lowry, UK. Guidance by Dr Steve Fossey, University College London Observatory, UK.
Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky. Commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for ‘Exhibition Road Show’, London Olympics, 2012. Produced by Keri Elmsly. Fabricated by AB3 Workshops, and Other Fabrications. Returned to space by the European Space Agency, with astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst. Support given by DREAM; The European Scanning Centre Ltd; Michael Hodgson; Insight NDT; and Haunch of Venison. Research aided by Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, National Museums Scotland; and Prof. Monica Grady, CBE, Planetary Sciences, The Open University, UK. Film by Giorgia Polizzi with sound by Michael Hodgson.
Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole). Commissioned by FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Created with Steven Pearce at Omega Ingredients, and Mark Emmington, KARM candles. NASA supplied the recipe for the scent of Titan, Saturn’s Moon.
Colour Field. Commissioned by Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland. Created with photographer Nik Szymanek.
Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon). Developed with Moon-bouncers Peter Blair (G3LTF); Jan Brunier (DL9KR); Dave Dibley (G4RGK); Marc Franco (N2UO); Jay Lieberman (K5JL); Doug McArthur (VK3UM); Mike Melun (KL6M); Karl Mohlin (SM3AKW); Dave Powis (G4HUP); Piero Baldelli Rubes (I5CTE); and Peter Sundberg (SM2CEW). Piano lent by Marksons. Performed by pianists Samuel Foster; Stefano Greco; Jules Liu; and Phil Somervell.
Earth-Moon-Earth (4’33”). Developed with Moon-bouncers Mike Watanabe (JH1KRC) and Noriyuki Yaguchi (JH0WJF).
Evergreen. Commissioned by Galleri F15, Moss, Norway, with Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, and James Cohan Gallery, New York, 2022. With since thanks to all the supporters of Evergreen. Botany: Dr. Maarten Christenhusz, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Dr. Maria Vorontsova, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Illustration: Deborah Lambkin. Design: Fraser Muggeridge Studio. Embroidery: Royal School of Needlework; Anne Butcher, Gemma Murray, Rebecca Bissonnet, Matthew Cayton, Margaret Dier, Rachel Doyle, Jessica Ingram, Masako Newton, Kate Nolan, Kate Pankhurst, Georgie Pike, Kathryn Sanders, Helen Stevens. Archbold Biological Station Herbarium; Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin; Charles University in Prague Herbarium; Sherwin Carlquist; Central Herbarium Institute of Botany Academy of Science, Uzbekistan; Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève; Darwin Herbarium; Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii; Herbarium GB, University of Gothenburg; Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum (A), Harvard University; Herbier Du Muséum National D’histoire Naturelle, Paris; iNaturalist; JSTOR, Global Plants; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre, the University of Texas at Austin; Siobhan Maguire, Katie Paterson Studio; Missouri Botanical Garden; Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università, Firenze; National Herbarium of New South Wales (NSW), The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney; Natural History Museum; Naturalis Biodiversity Center; New Mexico Rare Plants, The University of New Mexico; New York Botanical Garden; New Zealand Plant Conservation Network; NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; Ole Miss: University of Mississippi; Isabel Paterson; Real Jardín Botanico de Madrid; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew; Klei Sousa; Lucy Smith; SDSU College of Sciences; Singapore Botanic Gardens; Smithsonian Institution; South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI); Swiss Orchid foundation at the Herbarium; Jany Renz; Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand; The Bolus Herbarium; The Field Museum, Chicago; The National Herbarium of Victoria, The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria; The University of Colorado Museum Herbarium; The VANF Herbarium, Yüzüncü Yil University; University of Hawaii; University of Pennsylvania; University of Waterloo; Jaap J Vermeulen.
Every Night About This Time. Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2010 in partnership with Turner Contemporary, UK. With support from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; David Callanan; Martin John Callanan; Ken Doyle; Sue Jones; Valerie Kim; Prof. Ofer Lahav, Perren Chair of Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, UCL, UK; Royal Native Oyster Stores; Alea Lani Dawson Schechter; Simon Steven; Nathan Thomas; Elizabeth Tophill; Kauakea Winston; and Chris Yates.
First There is a Mountain. Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.
Fossil Necklace. Commissioned as part of Katie Paterson’s residency at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, UK. Curated by Danielle Olsen, funded by the Wellcome Collection, and hosted by St Peter’s Church, UK. Fabrication with Roger Dunkin at HOLTS. Assistance given by numerous scientists including Dr Qasim Ayub, Wolfgang Heilemann, Rishi Nag, Luca Pagani, Dr Aylwyn Scally, and Dr Chris Tyler-Smith. Drawing by Fraser Muggeridge studio. Photography by Martin John Callanan.
Future Library. Commissioned and supported by Bjørvika Utvikling, Oslo, Norway, and managed by the Future Library Trust. Supported by the City of Oslo Department of Cultural Affairs and Business, Department of Environmental Affairs and Transportation. Directed by Anne Beate Hovind, Bjørvika Utvikling’s Project Manager for the Slow Space Programme. Hosted by the Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo. Library room design with architects Atelier Oslo and Lund Hagem. The Future Library Trust includes Ingeri Engelstad, Editor-in-Chief of Oktober Press; Håkon Harket, Publishing Director of Forlaget Press; Anne Beate Hovind, Chairwoman; Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton; and Liv Sæteren, former Director of the Deichmanske Bibliotek. Foresters are Eivind Johan Birkeland, Trond Enkerud, Vidar Veli-Matti Gjølmo, Jon Hagen, Knut Johansson, and Frank Thomassen. Assistance by Vibeke Hermanrud and Claire McAree. Films by Giorgia Polizzi and MIND THE FILM.
Hollow. Collaboration with Zeller & Moye. Commissioned by the University of Bristol, Life Sciences, and produced by Situations, UK. Donors to the artwork include: Robert Ritchie; Ardkinglas Estate, Argyll, UK; the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, USA; Bedgebury National Pinetum, UK; Col Martin; Department of Wood Science & Engineering Xylarium, Oregon State University, USA; Gary Green; Henk Bakker; Herbario Nacional de México; Keele University Arboretum, UK; Laboratory of Wood Anatomy and Xylarium of CNR-IVALSA, National Research Council of Italy, Trees and Timber Institute, Italy; Lionel Daniels; National Botanic Garden of Wales, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Japan; Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, UK; Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; Teruven Wood Xylarium, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium; University of Bristol, Department of Life Sciences, UK; USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, USA; Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, UK; Winkworth Arboretum, UK; and the Yorkshire Arboretum, UK. “What Do Artists Do All Day? Katie Paterson” documentary was produced by the BBC, and filmed by Ben Harding. Rachel Cartwright archived the wood collection. Guidance by a number of life scientists including Dr Jon Bridle, Dr Heather Whitley and Prof. Gary Foster. Fabricated by Millimetre. Website by Hello Monday, with sound by Adam Asnan and Carlo Amadio.
Ideas. Commissioned by the University of Edinburgh’s College of Science and Engineering. It forms part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection.
Inside this desert lies the tiniest grain of sand. Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2010, UK, as part of Every Night About This Time. Created with Prof. Neal Skipper and the team at London Centre of Nanotechnology, UK. In memory of Prof. Mike A Horton. Photography by Martin John Callanan.
Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight. Created with Dr Dieter Lang, Principle Researcher, Physicist and Engineer; Dr Andreas Wojtysiak; and Alfred Wacker, OSRAM, Germany. Fabricated by OSRAM in Nové Zámky, Slovakia.
Requiem. Commissioned by the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Culture, and Ingleby Gallery. Text by Jan Zalasiewicz, Emeritus Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Leicester. Sincere thanks to: Tom Adam; Claudia Agnini, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Padova; Professor Alexandre Anesio, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, archiREEF; Lisa C. Barber, Cartographer, University of Leicester; Julia Barton; Professor Liane G. Benning, Department of Earth Sciences, Free University of Berlin; Robert R. Bensley, Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, The University of Chicago; Rachel Bronson, President and CEO, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; Martin John Callanan; Rachel Carson; Julian Charrière; Professor George Church, Founding Core Faculty & Lead, Synthetic Biology, Wyss Institute at Harvard University; Cutty Sark, Royal Museums Greenwich; Shamik Dasgupta, Associate Professor, Institute of Deep Sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Durham Cathedral; Dr. Matt Edgeworth, Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester; Edinburgh Botanical Gardens; European Space Agency; David Farrier; Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey; Camille François, Commission for the Geological Map of the World; Simone Galeotti, Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences, Università degli Studi di Urbino; Galloway Fisheries Trust; Genewatch UK; Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); Professor John I. Glass, Leader of the Synthetic Biology & Bioenergy Group, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI); Dr. Nathalie Grassineau, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University; Jay Griffiths; Dr. Sean P.S. Gulick, co-director of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability, Jackson School for Geophysics; Gloria Hampel; Dr. Tom Harvey, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester; Dr. Robert Hazen, Mineralogist and Astrobiologist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution; and Executive Director, Deep Carbon Observatory; Dr Sebastian Hennige, School of GeoSciences, the University of Edinburgh; Avery Hill, Global Ecology & Climate Solution Lab, Biology Dept, Stanford University; Florence and Richard Ingleby, Ingleby Gallery; C. Brenhin Keller, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College; Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Kennett, Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara; Dorothee Kirch, NYLO, The Living Art Museum, Iceland; Fiona Lee, artist, climate justice activist and bushfire survivor, New South Wales, Australia; Siobhán Maguire; Andri Snaer Magnason; James Maskrey, National Glass Centre, Sunderland Culture; David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington; NGO Shipbreaking Platform; Professor Euan Nisbet, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University; Jeff Nivala, Principal Investigator, Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington; Object and Ideograms; Olkiluoto nuclear-waste repository; OVEC: the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; Památník Terezín (Terezín Memorial); Isabel Paterson; Mie Thorborg Pedersen, Department of Green Technology, SDU Biotechnology, Denmark; Richard Phillips, Higher Predators and Conservation group, Core Science Ecosystems, British Antarctic Survey; Orrin H. Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Professor Simon Poulton, Chair in Biogeochemistry and Earth History, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds; Neil Rose, Professor of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology, Environmental Change Research Centre, Department of Geography, University College London; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Dr. Adrian Rushton, Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London; Dr. Catherine Russell, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester; Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Professor Gaurav N. Sant, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA; Save the Children; Professor J.T. Smith, School of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences, University of Portsmouth; Julia Stephenson, National Glass Centre, Sunderland Culture; The Anthropocene Working Group; The Chernobyl Spirit Company; The Frozen Ark; The HALO Trust (Hazardous Area Life-support Organization); The Institute for Carbon Management, UCLA; The Tyre Collective; Dr. Simon Turner, Department of Geography, University College London; Dr. Benjamin A. Ubleble, Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Port Harcourt; Marcos Castellanos Uribe, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham; Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Genus Personal Chair of Animal Biotechnology, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Scott L. Wing, Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Wellcome Sanger Institute; WWF; Dr. Shuhai Xiao, Professor of Geobiology, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech; Professor Jens Zinke, Professor in Palaeobiology, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester.
Second Moon. Commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, UK. Supported by Arts Council England, UK; Adelaide Festival, Australia; and Newcastle City Council, UK. Produced by Locus+ with production support from Elmsly. App design by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Supermono.
Streetlight Storm. Commissioned in partnership with Turner Contemporary and Whitstable Biennale, UK. Support from David Callanan; Martin John Callanan; Dover District Council; Kent County Council; Future Creative; Ken Doyle and Paula Dean; Dr Martin Fullekrug, Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Bath, UK; and Dr Dieter Lang, OSRAM, Germany.
The Cosmic Spectrum. Commissioned by Turner Contemporary. Supported by The Shifting Foundation and the Arts Council England. Created with support from Professor Ivan Baldry, Professor Richard Ellis, and Dr Steve Fossey.
—there lay the Days between—. Thanks to Dr Steve Fossey (Associate Professor, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, UCL), Professor Carl Murray (Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London), Professor Catherine Heymans FRSE (Astronomer Royal for Scotland), Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder (Senior Manager Public Astronomy, Royal Museums Greenwich), Takanori Sasaki (Planetary Scientist at Kyoto University).
The Moment. Commissioned by the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. Created with Ayako Tani.
Timepieces (Solar System). Designed with Fraser Muggeridge studio. Guidance by Dr Steve Fossey, UCL; and Prof. Ian Robson, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK.
To Burn, Forest, Fife. Commissioned by IHME Helsinki. Collaborative scientists: Professor Emeritus Jan Zalasiewicz (University of Leicester School of Geography, Geology and Environment), Docent of Palaeoclimatology J. Sakari Salonen (University of Helsinki), Palaeobotanist Chris Berry (University of Cardiff, Wales), Professor of Literature, Biology and Environmental Research David George Haskell (Sewanee: The University of The South, Tennessee, USA), Researcher Ana Maria Yáñez Serrano (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Barcelona, Paleobiologist Sarah E Gabbott (School of Geography, Geology and Environment, University of Leicester). Production: Paula Toppila, Executive Director, IHME Helsinki. Communications and Marketing: Päivi Matala, Cultural Producer, IHME Helsinki. Carbon footprint calculation: Saara Korpela, Eco-coordinator, IHME Helsinki. Incense makers: Shoyeido Incense Co. Ltd: Masataka Hata, Teiji Fujimoto, Tadashi Matsuoka. Photography: Veikko Somerpuro. Film: Samy Kramer, Martin Jäger, Petteri Laine.. Graphic design: Fraser Muggeridge, Luke Charsley, Marjo Malin. Editor: Faye Fornasier. Translations: Shuko Noguchi, Alejandro Herrera, Mike Garner, Mustion Merkitys. Audience workers: Sami Nieminen, Joss Allen, Yilin Ma, Kaisa Silvo, Saara Korpela, Erika Aspholm, Jasmiina Kuronen.
Totality. Commissioned by the Arts Council Collection, as part of their 70 th Anniversary Commissions 2016; and by The Lowry, as part of ‘Syzygy’ and ‘Week 53’ Festival. Image donations from the Astronomical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Detroit Observatory, Michigan, USA; Hamburg Observatory, Germany; Hopkins Observatory, Massachusetts, USA; Lowell Observatory, Arizona, USA; the University of Illinois Astronomical Observatory, USA; South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town. Fabricated by Millimetre.
Vatnajökull (the sound of). Commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, UK, and supported by Virgin Mobile. Fabricated with Ken Doyle.
Thanks to all those who have worked with us at Katie Paterson Studio, including Edmund Cook, Gloria Hampel, Sarah Wynne, Anne Doernbrack, Niamh Forbes.