PREVIEW: Dark Matter: 95% of the Universe is Missing, Science Gallery London

The Science Gallery London’s latest exhibition is set to explore how our universe is built as seen through art, physics and philosophy.

A Children’s History of Invisbility. Credit: Brooke DiDonato, courtesy of
Tavares Strachan, 2016.

On display from the 6th June, this new exhibition examines one of the biggest mysteries in physics today: what exactly makes up our universe and why 95% of it can not be seen.

As well as the exhibition, there will be a series of events exploring this topic, combining arts, physics and philosophy as well as drawing on the latest research from the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London.

With normal matter (everything that can be seen) only making up 5% of the universe, the rest including dark matter and dark energy is a complete mystery to scientists who have been exploring it for the last century.

Dark Matter will highlight the importance of the work done by artists, philosophers and storytellers in our understanding of reality. This new exhibition will explore fundamental physics, matter and materiality, the concept of invisibility and infinite divisibility, and the human quest for
absolute truth and knowledge.

Highlights of the exhibition are set to include:
● an immersive animation installation by Andy Holden which reflects on the physics of a cartoon landscape, developed with Professor John Ellis from the Department of Physics at King’s College London;
● translucent spider webs which mimic the structure of dark matter in the universe by Tomás Saraceno;
● a new installation translating dark matter simulations into sound patterns by Aura Satz, in collaboration with Professor Malcolm Fairbairn from the Department of Physics at King’s College London
● perpetually changing liquid crystal paintings by Agnieszka Kurant which will transform according to the ‘energy’ of social media feeds around the world.

Meanwhile, a range of free events will run alongside the exhibition including Friday Lates, performances and workshops shaped by Science Gallery’s Young Leaders – 15-25 year olds who live, work or study at King’s or in the neighbouring boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Talking about the exhibition and events season advisor Malcolm Fairbairn, Professor of Physics at King’s College London said: “Dark matter is passing unimpeded through each of us constantly and acts as a cosmic support for galaxies in the Universe, including the one we call home. Despite this we cannot see it or touch it. This season aims to investigate this contradiction, exploring not only dark matter itself but also questions of how science aims to explain reality.”

Dark Matter will be on display at the Science Gallery London from the 6th June until the 26th August.

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