An afternoon and evening of dark matter, art and philosophy
Date: 03/07/2022 – 03/07/2022
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 collaborations Outreach Officer and
lecturer at UCL, Dr. Ghags 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
Direct weblink with tour and Q&A to Boulby Underground Laboratory
1100m below ground on the North East coast of England. Operated by the
UKs 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.
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.
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).
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. Its 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