Enter the Void

Enter the Void

Ever wondered what it would be like to step inside a gemstone? As part of their multi-sensory installation for London Design Festival, the photographer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine will be offering an opportunity to get inside a selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from the Gemfields mines. These precious gems date back millions of years, but with the help of a series of large-scale projections visitors will be experience the space inside the gemstones. Tobin Smith’s photography magnifies the tiny microcosms within the stones creating abstract, galaxy-like spaces.



Gemfields is a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. The Kagem emerald mine is believed to be the world’s single largest producing emerald mine and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique is one of the world’s most significant recently discovered ruby deposits. This is an opportunity to literally get inside the world of these stones.

As you enter the installation through an image of one of the stone’s natural inclusions, you will be accompanied on your journey by the otherworldly harmonies of NYX, a unique female electronic drone choir.

The Experience Machine specialises in creating evocative experiences that merge the virtual with the physical. The installation will take place at Collins Music Hall in Islington between September 14-22 and you can also book a masterclass with gemmologist Joanna Hardy who will talk about the history and origins of these extraordinary gemstones. Tobin Smith will explain the processes of filming and projecting the gems.




Sunday 15th September – 4:00pm (30mins)

Wednesday 18th September – 7:30pm (30mins)

Tuesday 17th September – 11:00am and 7:30pm (45mins)

To book online visit londondesignfestival.com


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