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During 2021 artist duo McCoy Wynne undertook a residency with Energy House at the University of Salford, working closely with the team to document, interpret and respond to both the unique facility and the themes of climate, energy use and environment. The resulting photo series Are You Living Comfortably? is an example of ‘how the imagination of art can interpret the discovery of science’. Amid the wires, sensors and equipment monitoring atmospheric changes inside the facility – such as temperature and CO2 levels – the artists used both digital photography and thermal imaging cameras to visualise the research taking place. They also undertook their own research into sustainable practices and carbon footprints. In addition, the artists drew their own background as property photographers: Energy House felt strangely familiar, like an empty home awaiting new residents. Giving it a new imagined life – dressed as if ready for sale, personal belongings and furniture added for effect, or with new garden views added from its windows – McCoy Wynne make the ‘laboratory house recognisable as a home’ – merging together the leading scientific research with the domestic environments it will one day improve.

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University of Salford

The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT England

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