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States of matter is a stunning immersive experience.  It questions our fragile relationship with water, whilst examining its natural cycle. With a predicted 4 degree shift in global temperatures over the next 80 years, polar ice caps are set to irreversibly melt, and global sea levels rise to dangerous levels, presenting one of the greatest challenges to humanity. Water connects us all.

States of Matter was created in a synergy between multimedia artist Urban Projections, and composer & sound designer CJ Mirra. Additional field recordings from the Arctic, Antarctic and the Humboldt Current, are supplied by internationally renowned location recordist and sonic artist, Chris Watson, whose work includes the David Attenborough series ‘Frozen Planet’.

The artists collaborated with young people from Nottinghamshire, in a co-creation process from which their thoughts and ideas became articulated into the final artwork. The discussions enabled dialogue and encouraged conversation into global warming, water poverty and the the interconnectedness of the atmosphere, earth and ocean, through the water cycle. The young people also took part in a series of workshops creating audio samples and recordings from their surroundings, in response to the theme. These were then woven together with the field recordings from Chris, into a subliminal sonic score by CJ Mirra.

In a process of symbiosis, the visual elements were developed along side the soundscape, carefully constructing passages of immersion based on the ‘states of matter’. Using light as a medium, exploring colour theory, and working with the latest audio-visual technologies, Urban Projections guided the young people through a creation process with technical partners Sterling Events, to construct the final experience. A research Zine was also created (below) to document thoughts, ideas and inspiration.  


'States of Matter' premiered at Nottingham Light Night, in St Mary's church, to an audience of over 4,500 people, and was one of the first events to welcome people back to the city post-pandemic.

It is hoped that States of Matter presents a means for enabling dialogue and encouraging conversation on the issues currently facing us all, with regards our relationship with water.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” - Dr Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist.




"The experience was absolutely breath taking. It was rave-y then gentle, delicate but yet hard-hitting.  We enjoyed being consumed in the atmosphere.  It really made you reflect on the role that everyone needs to take in order to preserve our planet."

- Audience Member

"I really enjoyed learning how a large-scale piece of art is made. Being part of this project has given me real industry experience and has hopefully helped inform what choice I make next in my creative career".  I think it has given me loads of confidence for the future.

- Young co-creator

Lead Artists: Urban Projections & CJ Mirra

Co-designed by the 'Proto-Type young digital artists' including;

Ethan Mckenna, Ellie May Eales, Joshua Todd, Jack Todd, Leo Dawson, Scarlett Marsden, Nathan Owen.

Co-Creation Groups:

Newark Emmaus Trust, IYA Home Education Group, Portland College, Harlow Academy, IYA Music Group.

Field Recordings: Chris Watson
Vocalist: Karlotta Skagfield
Produced by: Inspire Youth Arts
Technical Partners: Sterling Event Group
Project Management: Rachel Fletcher

Video Edit: Jimmy Knott​

Photographs: Richard Gardner

Funded by Arts Council England

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