Photographer Dan Tobin Smith, who has spent over a decade specializing in installation and still life photography, has collaborated with creative studio The Experience Machine and jewelry company Gemfields to present VOID, a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington, as part of the 2019 London Design Festival happening this September. Visitors to the exhibit will become part of an immersive experience, traveling through a series of large-scale projections that showcase the expanded space inside gemstones and map the blurring boundaries between nature and design.
A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines, which date back millions of years, are brought to life through photography of tiny microcosms magnified to become abstract, galaxy-like structures. Accompanied by other semi-precious gems created in rare geological processes, these unique mineral formations are discovered, suspended, and frozen in time.
The installation considers the concept of containment and scale, employing spatial design to explore the natural borders formed within these unique mineral formations. By translating moving image into a contained physical form and scoring the experience with harmonized layers of the human voice — by female drone choir NYX — visitors are invited to enter within the portrait of a gemstones natural inclusion.
In conjunction with the event Gemfields will be hosting a masterclass at the VOID with gemologist Joanna Hardy and designer Dan Tobin Smith. NYX will also be performing live during the event.