The Proof Principle

Colin McPherson
20 February 2012 to 11 March 2012

The Bluecoat is staging the first public viewing of ‘The Proof Principle’, a photography project celebrating Unilever’s century of research at Port Sunlight.

In 2011 Unilever celebrated one hundred years of research and development at Port Sunlight, Wirral. To help celebrate this anniversary, the R&D laboratory commissioned photographer Colin McPherson to undertake a commemorative project to mark the year. The result was ‘The Proof Principle’, a multi-layered exhibition which combines photography, installation and a film of 'moving stills'. The photography was inspired by conversations McPherson had with staff at the R&D facility and is a response to the work of the scientists, researchers, psychologists, mathematicians and technicians at Port Sunlight.

‘The Proof Principle’ was unveiled to staff at Unilever’s Port Sunlight R&D laboratory in December 2011 and is now on show in public for the first time at the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s creative hub until 11th March, 2012. It is the culmination of a year’s work on a commission which was originated by Unilever Port Sunlight Research & Development in conjunction with Arts & Business.

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