Can light really move objects? Does it have force?

What would happen if the interaction between light and matter were more dynamic?

Light Matter (2014) was created as part of a residency awarded by Barcelona City Council whereby the artist visited various scientific institutions to learn and question the nature of light. It was first exhibited at the Fabra i Coats Creation Factory in Barcelona and subsequently at the London Science Museum. Chappel’s work investigates the role of imagination and hypothesis in science and the importance of challenging accepted knowledge to better understand deeper realities.

This exhibit in the Library of Birmingham is supported as part of Lightfest. Lightfest is funded by the Researcher Night scheme, a Marie S Curie initiative, part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme. The Researcher Night Initiative is designed to bring scientists and researchers closer to the general public. Our science festival will showcase how photonics impacts our everyday life and what researchers do in the laboratories from light science to photonics technology.

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