Cassiopeia is a constellation of five stars which form an M shape during certain times of year and which, at other points in the year appears as a W. This constellation was one of 48 first described by Ptolomy. Cassiopeia contains Tycho Brahe’s supernova, which flared in 1572 and is still a source of radio signals today. After his death, Tycho Brahe’s body was exhumed twice. Firstly, to discover the circumstances of his death and secondly to find out the material his artificial nose was made of. Cassiopeia is named after a queen in Greek mythology, the mother of Andromeda, who Poseidon tied to a chair and placed in the heavens as a punishment for boasting of her beauty (as she circles the earth she spends half of the year upside down). During World War Two, Cassiopeia was a cargo ship serving the US navy. She received one battle star for her service.
Cassiopeia are Hannah Rae Alton (London), Catrin Morgan (Nottingham), Amy Goodwin (Cornwall), Irene Vidal Cal (Galicia, Spain), and Anne Harild (Copenhagen). Named after a constellation in the Northern hemisphere composed of five stars, the project aims to explore and foreground the importance of research. Taking as our starting point Kenneth Goldsmith’s suggestion in that artists show their research material as work instead of the work itself, this is a show which foregrounds our research practice, using it to demonstrate links between our studio pieces that would not otherwise be immediately apparent. The project is supported by Dalla Rosa Gallery.