It Never Happened Before


12 mins 10 secs

In 2005, an Arts Council England International Fellowship at the Space Sciences Laboratory at U.C. Berkeley led Lijn to work with Aerogel, a new material developed by NASA and used by the Stardust Project to capture interstellar dust. Since Lijn had a number of cones and rings made of this uncanny immaterial substance, she was interested to hear as much as she could from Andrew Westphal, the Principal scientist examining the recovered dust. Lijn wondered if her work with aerogel could, in some way, parallel their research. She had already discovered the fragility of this material and therefore she began to interview him by suggesting a metaphor: her vision of stardust as fragmented ruins.

Camera: Liliane Lijn

Editor: Logan Paul Fraser