Lab.Talk+ Symposium - art and dark matter

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 14:00 - 21:30

An afternoon and evening of dark matter, art and philosophy

Lab.Talks+ is an event happening over 3 sessions - you can come for one, or stay for all three for full art/science immersion. Each event has different speakers to introduce you to different perspectives and ideas surrounding dark matter and more!


Session 1 - 2 - 5.30pm: Get to grips with dark matter and a virtual lab visit

Explore Dark Matter with particle astrophysicist Dr. Chamkaur Ghag. Chair of Dark Matter UK, LZ-UK collaboration’s Outreach Officer and lecturer at UCL, Dr. Ghag’s research focuses on conducting cutting edge experiments that look for rare signatures from physics processes that would shed light on some of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Universe - in particular, what it is made of.

Artist Libby Heaney will run a workshop where we will explore the relationship between dark matter and quantum physics through collaborative weaving and improvised story-telling

Direct weblink with tour and Q&A to Boulby Underground Laboratory 1100m below ground on the North East coast of England. Operated by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the support of the Boulby mine owners Cleveland Potash Ltd. It is one of just a handful of facilities world-wide suitable for hosting ultra-low background and deep underground science projects.

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Session 2: 6.30 - 8.30pm: Three short talks and panel discussion

Dr Chiara Ambrosio talk entitled: Art and Science: a Romance of Many Dimensions, will draw on cubism, geometry and mathematics. As a Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at University College London, her research interests include the relations between art and science in the 19th and 20th centuries, scientific discovery, and general issues in philosophy of science, with a particular focus on scientific representations.

Two of the Laboratory of Dark Matters artists will talk about their different approaches to dark matter:

Lab artist Susan Eyre will talk about the ideas behind the whole project and her own work exploring of the origins of paradise and the philosophy of Plato on the shape of the cosmos.

Lab artist Amy Gear will discuss her response to dark matter research through a feminist approach, collaborating with a martial arts instructor and using green screen filming to reference the invisibility of women.

The panel discussion will be chaired by artist Elizabeth Murton and include Dr Chiara Ambrosio, Amy Gear, Dr Chamkaur Ghag, and Libby Heaney (latter two from session 1).

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Session 3: 8.30pm+ Super and chats

Round off a day of talks, live web link and panel discussion with a squash and chickpea tagine supper at 8.30pm. It’s an opportunity to continue conversations and chat to others interested in the days themes. There will be work in progress on display from the Laboratory of Dark Matters artists.

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