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Greg Orrom Swan

MA work

A Measure of Minerality is a cave-like installation that applies a molecular gaze to the complex systems operating both in and around us. It is an investigation into the composition of humans, matter, rocks, and all things, centering on the sentiment that all things are interconnected and systemic – I explore the transmutation of matter over time. Exploring these layers of time which are expressed through the unchangeability of the elements and the continual-evolving of compounds and minerals. 

I use phosphorus as a material tool that connects different agents, both inert and sentient. A form of a phosphate mineral – apatite – occurs in human bones, rocks, and agricultural fertiliser. 

I have atomised these three minerals and they turn in a kinetic sculpture perpetually folding into one another, forming and reforming.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • My work often looks at the links between things, the nuances of norms or systems – deconstructing them looking at the constituent parts together as part of a whole. As humans we are not separate or removed from the living world, or so-called nature, we are made with and from it – within us, around us, beside us. So in my work I often try and look at humans as distinctly different from the nonhuman parts of our world, as everything else is, but not above or dominant – working with the other entities.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, UWE, Bristol, 2013, First Class
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Hello Tomorrow, Centquare, Paris, 2017; BioDesign Challenge, MoMA, New York, 2017; Open Senses, Multi Venue, London, 2017; Animal Computer Interaction Conference (ACI), London, 2016; STATE Festival of Emotion, Kühlhaus, Berlin, 2016; Lahyn—Solo Show, Quarter Horse, Oxford, 2014; Bristol Artist Book Event, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2013; Book & Zine Fair, Spike Island, Bristol, 2012