The Institute of Physics (IOP) has opened its new film installation exploring time and our relationship with it.

Time Tries All Things by Irish artist and filmmaker Grace Weir is the inaugural show in the Gallery at the IOP’s new building in the heart of London’s Kings Cross. The two-screen audio-visual work was developed from Weir’s collaboration with renowned theoretical physicists; Professor David Berman of Queen Mary University of London, and Professor Fay Dowker of Imperial College London.

Time Tries All Things invites viewers to reflect on their own lived experience of time and how it can be illuminated by scientific knowledge and theory through Weir’s 30-minute work.

Artist, Grace Weir said: “Time Tries All Things” positions two differing concepts of time in a filmic portrayal of two physicists’ viewpoints, through the unfolding of a moment when a photograph is taken of a 19th century stone plaque. Carved with the words ‘Time trieth troth’, the moment opens into a consideration of the elasticity of the present instant and the flux of history.”

IOP President, Professor Dame Julia Higgins, said on the opening of the exhibition:

“Time is a fundamental part of the human condition, and through this artwork, we explore some of these questions through the lenses of science and art, physics and cinema, in a brand new way, in Grace Weir’s signature, immersive, beautiful style.

“Time Tries All Things” is the culmination of more than a year of dialogue between Grace Weir, former artist in residence at Trinity College, Dublin, and physicists from across the UK and Ireland, spanning a wide range of physics disciplines. This dialogue has informed the creation of Grace’s hugely exciting piece of art.”

Time Tries All Things will run from 21 January to 29 March 2019 at the Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm. Admission is free.

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