About Kate Daudy & Kostya Novoselov: Wonderchaos

An exploration of the many facets of chaos, from visual artist Kate Daudy and physicist Kostya Novoselov.

Wonderchaos is a collaboration between internationally acclaimed visual artist Kate Daudy and Nobel prize winning physicist Kostya Novoselov, and is an exploration of the many facets of chaos and the inevitability of order resulting from chaos. The theme is universal and we are invited to reflect upon our individual experiences of chaos, as well as our shared experiences. This continues Daudy and Novoselov’s ongoing common project entitled Everything is Connected.

Drawing on their individual specialisms, Daudy and Novoselov have developed a new body of work, made especially for this exhibition at YSP, that explores ‘chaos’ from various perspectives, including nature, science, history, philosophy, literature, war and time.

Works will include an intervention using the sheep at YSP to illustrate random number theory, chaos and order; crochet hangings demonstrating two infinite irrational numbers and the harmony created when the numbers are combined to create a rational number; and Daudy’s first steel sculpture, which explores myths of chaos, creation and the origins of language.

Daudy is a London-based visual artist recognised for her work exploring and re-evaluating the human experience in the context of the natural world. Known for her written interventions in public and private spaces, Daudy’s work is based on an ancient Chinese literati practice. Exhibited worldwide, her works include film, performance, photography, sound work, large-scale installations, books, and sculpture in mediums including wood, felt, paper and steel. Daudy is interested in bringing about discourse leading to social and political change. Although disruptive, her work is full of optimism; current world circumstances seem dire but the future remains in our hands.

Novoselov is a physicist best known for his groundbreaking experiments on graphene, the strongest and thinnest material in existence. The material consists of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. The achievement earned Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.