Exhibition: Dark Matter exploring the mysteries in physics, art and philosophy

An exhibition exploring one of the biggest mysteries in physics today – what exactly makes up our universe, and why? – is coming to Science Gallery London.

Dark Matter, is a free exhibition combining art, physics and philosophy, and draws on the latest research from the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London. Normal matter – everything that we can see and observe – makes up just five per cent of the universe.

The rest, including dark matter and dark energy, is an unknown which scientists have been hunting for nearly a century.

As scientists approach the limits of what can be observed or known within theoretical physics, Dark Matter at Science Gallery London highlights the critical role of artists, philosophers and storytellers in our understanding of reality.

Exhibition highlights include an immersive animation installation which reflects on the physics of a cartoon landscape, translucent spider webs which mimic the structure of dark matter in the universe and perpetually changing liquid crystal paintings which will transform according to the ‘energy’ of social media feeds around the world.

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.”

John O’Shea, head of programming at Science Gallery London said: “Scientists’ ongoing quest to understand dark matter is a lens through which to think about the human desire to reveal the unknown.

“The Dark Matter season brings together scientific research, artistic expression, storytelling and philosophy to communicate and explore the limits of human knowledge and our fascination with the unknown.”

The exhibition will run from June 6-August 26.

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