Liliane Lijn at Narec, 2010. Courtesy of AV Festival 10.

Liliane Lijn was resident artist at Narec (New and Renewable Energy Centre) with Inspire Northumberland. A pioneer of science in art, Lijn’s work pursues the essential paradox between light and matter making use of new technologies to create works that represent the world as energy.

In 2005, Lijn was awarded an Arts Council England, NASA residency at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. The residency resulted in Stardust Ruins, her installations with Aerogel, the substance used by the NASA Stardust Project to collect interstellar dust. This was followed by collaboration with a NASA astrophysicist on a large solar land-art work, Solar Hills that will define the horizon with pinpoints of light. Lijn’s work is in the collections of major public institutions worldwide and is represented by Riflemaker, London.

Narec is a national centre dedicated to accelerating the deployment and grid integration of renewable energy and low carbon generation technologies, utilising wind, wave, tidal, solar PV and thermal power. 

Liliane Lijn moved from New York City to London in 1966. She studied archaeology at the Sorbonne and art history at the École du Louvre, Paris (1958). She became an artist in residence in a plastics factory, experimenting with fire and acids and working with light, poetry, movement and liquids between 1961 and 1963, rapidly establishing herself as a leading kinetic artist through many international exhibitions. She is recognised as an early pioneer of art and science, and in 2005 was awarded an Arts Council International Fellowship to become the first artist in Residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Her work is in the collections of The British Museum; Musée de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, amongst others.

Residency supported by Inspire Northumberland

Liliane Lijn Residency

September 2009 – March 2010

Narec, Northumberland

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Artist's Website