“In And She Built a Crooked House, there are many different experiences to bring us closer to the fourth spatial dimension and remind us that we can question further our relationship to the world and the nature of the universe.”
And She Built a Crooked House by Gemma Anderson-Tempini is now open at Burton Grange, a Victorian house in Far Headingley, Leeds.
Commissioned by Artangel and LEEDS 2023, this FREE multifaceted installation features the world's first 4D climbing frame along with oodles of other surprises found throughout the rooms and garden at Burton Grange. Secure your FREE ticket here.
With And She Built a Crooked House, Anderson-Tempini brings together cutting-edge mathematical research, art, and motherhood to explore and make sense of personal human experiences through the lens of spatial thinking.
The exhibition takes visitors on a unique journey through the fourth spatial dimension which is part-factual, part-historical and part-autobiographical.
The fourth spatial dimension is an idea that was popularised in the 19th century by Charles Howard Hinton. It sits alongside the commonly-held understanding of a fourth dimension of time and has provided fertile ground for creativity and innovation for generations. In addition to physics, explorers of higher spatial dimensions span the fields of maths, art, literature, cinema and computing, with its impact in everyday places, from children’s playgrounds to Victorian living rooms.
And She Built a Crooked House invites visitors to explore higher dimensional geometry, irregular polytopes and string theoretical physics in an inviting and interactive setting.
The exhibition was conceived after years of working with Alessio Corti, professor of pure mathematics at Imperial College London and sees the artist synthesise large and complicated datasets through the act of drawing, bringing a unique perspective on how we relate to and understand our surroundings.
Central features of fourth-dimensional theory include turning inside out, mirroring, and being in more than one place at the same time. These ideas particularly resonate with Anderson-Tempini’s personal experience as a mother of twins and are recurring motifs in this body of work.
In an age of rapid technological advancement, Anderson-Tempini champions the necessity of a human connection with our environment. Whether zooming in on the transformation of an embryo or giving form to the Big Bang, a desire to bring visual clarity to the nature of existence is a thread that runs throughout her practice.
How to get there:
Parking is limited, so we encourage all visitors to use public or active transport where possible.
The nearest Bus Stop is on Otley Rd, a 200m walk from the venue.
The Bus Stop is served by frequent buses to and from Leeds city centre, including buses 1, 1B, 6, 8, 27, 28, 29, and N1.
Bus number 91 also stops on Shaw Lane, a 200m walk from the venue.
Check the First Bus Leeds journey planner to find your best bus route.
Headingley train station is an approximate 1.6km walk from the venue, and is served by the number 91 bus route.
Bike parking available on site.
About Gemma Anderson-Tempini
Born in 1981 in Belfast, Gemma Anderson-Tempini graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She completed a practice-based PhD studentship at the University of the Arts London and University College Falmouth in 2015 and has been a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Imperial College London. In 2016 she won an AHRC award for the art/science/philosophy project 'Representing Biology as Process' with philosopher John Dupre and cell biologist James Wakefield (2017-2021) at the University of Exeter. She has published two peer review books with Intellect Press 'Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science' (2017) and 'Drawing Processes of Life' (2023).
And She Built a Crooked House is commissioned by Artangel and LEEDS 2023.
With thanks to Pickard Properties.
Artangel is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International Circle, Guardian Angels, Special Angels, and The Company of Angels.