Instruments for Observing the Universe

Fri, 16th Aug 2013 10:02

 

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  • Instruments for Observing the Universe
  • Instruments for Observing the Universe
  • Instruments for Observing the Universe

 

This piece was made as a 'sketch' for an exhibition/conversation '5%...as far as the eye can see', that took place during a week long residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts in rural Northumberland. Organised by the Migrating Art Academy of Vilnius University, the residency brought an international group of artists together with an astrophysicist and contemplatives from a nearby monastery, to consider the 95% of the universe which remains invisible.

The 'gravity boots' were accompanied by a short text:

'Walking up a hill is a good time to remember that gravity remains a mystery to science, though knowing this doesn't help wth the climb much. How strange it is that this firm press of my two feet upon the ground should be felt so keenly by the body, yet seen so dimly by the mind. They say that cold dark matter, the unseen stuff that makes up most of the universe, trawls through us all the time. Like all of the visible world I am fat with the unseen  fullness of empty space. Dark matter, slow, lead-heavy, its dull pull clumps galaxies together like dust seeding rainclouds. Puffing uphill I am clogged with it. I feel my own weight as it leans into me. Yet this whole shining world would drift away without its dark ballast.'  

(Allenheads, August 2013)