Charles Danby Works



Charles Danby & Rob Smith, Carbon Pathways Table, 2021, shown at The Common Room, Newcastle

The Polymorphic Library investigates the diverse and timely discourses of carbon in respect of carbon transition and climate change. Through interactive arhitecture, live aparatus, and a public events programme, it examines our evolving relations to carbon and asks what futures and societies we want to build with carbon.

Exhibition: Polymorphic Carbon Library, The Common Room, Newcastle, 2021

Digital Carbon Library:

Polymorphic Carbon Library

Commissioned by The Common Room, Newcastle the Polymorphic Carbon Library is built through three interconnecting parts, the Carbon Pathway Table, Carbon Reader and Carbon Archive. It is an architecture and arena for discourse and exchange around climate transition and evolving relations with carbon.

The Carbon Pathway Table is a large-scale hexagonal table with an inset circular glass top revealing a suspended gaming board designed using the net drawing for a Buckminsterfullerene sphere. The table configures through three separate diameters of circle the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels within the former Mining Institute’s Wood Memorial Hall, from its first public opening in 1872, to its reconstitution as The Common Room in 2021, to the year 2100. The table’s colour-intensive surface graphics and those of its six accompanying stools are drawn from slices of the spherical Buckminster Fullerene, an atomic carbon structure.

The Carbon Readeris a microphone which contains a carbon dioxide sensor. The data from this sensor is transmitted to a separate large-scale tetrahedral structure which houses a TV monitor. The live carbon dioxide reading appears as a parts per million (PPM) reading of numbers on the screen. The tetrahedral structure is the molecular structure of a diamond, carbon.

The Carbon Archiveis a modular architecture and archive for carbon through its many forms, constitutions and interfaces with the world, through human and other than human relations. It contains a number of archival components, including the Carbon Events database, a database of carbon-related events calibrated through atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. It also contains an archive of industrial carbon related sites.

Exhibited at The Common Room, Newcastle in 2021.

Lowick Lime: Dryburn Limeworks, Archaeology with Lowick Heritage Group at Dryburn Kiln, Lowick, 2018

LOWICK LIME (2017-2019)
Lowick Lime examines transformations to site through lime. It focusses on the material, ecological and socially interwoven site of an industrial lime kiln under restoration on the Scottish borders. It explores how co-producing approaches through communities can foster deep and sustainable human relationships to site, enable new local and weider approaches to the heritage restoration of industrial infrastructure, and provide pathways through lime production to future micro-industrial economies.
Events: Lowick Lime: Dryburn Limeworks, Lowick, 2017/2018
Events: Lowick Lime: Marking The Dryburn, Lowick, 2019
Exhibition: Lowick Lime: Unearthing Lowick Lime, Being Human Festival 2019, The Experimental Studio at Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2019
Group Exhibition: Incidental Futures, Incidental Assembly, South London Gallery, Chlore Studio, 2019