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Rob Kesseler is a visual artist and Chair of Arts, Design & Science at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. A previous NESTA Fellow at Kew and Research Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal, during the past fourteen years he has collaborated with botanical scientists and molecular biologists in an exploration of the living world at a microscopic level. At the heart of new directions in Art & Science his powerful images have reached a global audience and have been translated into a wide range of contexts and media, ceramics, glass and textiles, video, and photography.
Junko Mori is a Japanese metalworker. Her work consists of multiples of individually forged steel or other metals, and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process. Repeating little accidents, like a mutation of cells, the final accumulation of units emerges within this process of evolution.
She graduated in from Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 1997 with her first BA in three-dimensional design. Mori then worked as a welder in a factory for one year. From 1998 to 2000, she studied silversmithing and metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts in London. Mori then spent two years as artist-in-residence at Liverpool Hope University. The assembling of forged and cast metal is the key to Junko Mori’s work, whether mild steel or almost pure silver. Her observations of tree and plant matter are the driving force behind many of her sculptures which vary in scale from small objects in precious metal through to fairly massive welded steel works of art.