With 95% of the universe a mystery, what role do artists and scientists have in unravelling and understanding the unknown? How can we begin to look for something that we can’t even define? INVISIBLE at Science Gallery Dublin highlights the critical role of science, art and philosophy in imagining the unseen and questioning the invisible.
From the 13th of March to the 31st of May 2020, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin will explore the elusive building blocks of the Universe with INVISIBLE, a free exhibition and events programme combining astronomy, art, physics and philosophy while drawing on the latest research from King’s College London and Trinity College Dublin.
One of the biggest mysteries in physics today is what exactly makes up our Universe, and why, according to the world’s leading scientists, 95% of it cannot be observed. It is thought that normal matter - matter which we can see - makes up less than 5% of the universe. Dark matter makes up 27% of the universe, and the even more elusive dark energy constitutes the rest. Scientists have been searching for these for nearly a century, but neither has been directly observed.
“INVISIBLE explores wonder as a motivator for pursuing a scientific or artistic endeavour. If no-one was driven by wondering “why?” or “what if?”, we wouldn’t be pushing the boundaries of discovery, and creating powerful new tools for understanding our Universe, and the question of why and how we are here.” said Mairéad Hurley, Head of Research and Learning at Science Gallery Dublin, former astronomer, and a curatorial advisor for INVISIBLE.
INVISIBLE brings together scientific research, artistic expression, storytelling and philosophy to communicate and explore the limits of human knowledge and our fascination with the unknown. Imagining the unseen and questioning the invisible, INVISIBLE will explore fundamental physics, matter and materiality, concepts of invisibility and infinite divisibility, and the human quest for absolute truth and knowledge.
A sub-theme of the exhibition is the invisibility of the people who work in science, and how minority voices have been excluded or under-represented in science, engineering and technology. Our understanding of the world shifts, depending on who is telling the story and INVISIBLE seeks to draw comparisons between vantage points and how that changes our understanding of the world.
INVISIBLE is based on the exhibition DARK MATTER, which originated at Science Gallery at King’s College London. INVISIBLE runs at Science Gallery Dublin from the 13th of March until the 31st of May 2020.
Photo credit: Andy Holden