Cambridge: Where space and time work in peculiar ways

Freya Sanders 3 August 2015
Image Credit: Sophie Buck

I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with the concepts of both time and energy. I like thinking about them in different ways: in terms of Physics, Philosophy, Buddhism, Psychology and Art. This work is the result of such pondering to date.

I’m currently a big fan of graphic artists like James R. Ead and collage artists like Eugenia Loli and Merve Ozaslan. I always wondered where collage artists get their photos from. So, I was looking through library archives on the Flickr commons, where institutions have handed their photos with ‘no known copyright restrictions’ (because the copyright has expired, or never existed) over to the public. Though difficult to navigate, it is a fantastic resource.

In my searching, I stumbled across photos of Cambridge from the late 19th century in a book on Architecture in the Cornell University Library archives. I thought it amazing how little Cambridge has changed over time. Then I found some of NASA’s beautiful images of space, both in theirs and the Smithsonian Institution’s archives. Since I was then reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, making collages to combine the archives seemed like the natural thing to do. So, this is the result: psychedelic re-workings of some of Cambridge’s architectural highlights, inspired predominantly by Eugenia Loli and Stephen Hawking.

The Senate House, which throws us out into the big wide universe when we graduate.

This house believes the Union HQ harbours extraterrestrial life. 

Punting through time and space or punting in the Cam: which would be trickier?

To see more of this project, and other pieces of Sophie’s wonderful work, click here.