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Light and Dark Matters: Black Light with the drawing shed

21 November, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


What does society keep in the dark, and how can it be illuminated?

Labern&Lloyd of the Drawing Shed, working here as The Light Collectors, collaborate with scientists hosted by The Institute of Physics. Together they invite you to engage in an afternoon of Black Light, with open conversation and research.

Framed by an installation drawn from the artists’ ongoing research into the hidden at this critical point in history, ultraviolet light reveals the disjuncture between extra-ordinary scientific explorations across the full spectrum of light and the endemic slow violence caused by human domestic light poverty across the world.

The Public Typing Pool, with its manual typewriters fitted with invisible UV inked typewriter ribbons, welcomes the public to contribute to an ever growing installation of contemporary concerns, made from UV ink texts and drawings revealed through the use of hand held Black Light torches.

Over twenty four hours at Tate Modern leading artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists and the public come together to debate, share and uncover our contemporary experience of light, dark and dark matter. What are the many forms of light and dark that surround us? How do we harness this energy and what do we imagine for the future? Explore these questions and more through sunrise and sunset walks, talks & discussions and collaborative workshops.

Part of the International Year of Light in collaboration with the Institute of Physics


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