Imagine something which glues the world together, but cannot be seen. That is Dark Matter which comprises 95% of the world that we cannot see, not can scientists, yet must exist or their would be nothingness between light and the world would implode.
The explorations of several artists into Dark Matter and its interaction with light and gravity have filled the Science Gallery in London, from scientific research to the laws of animated cartoons. There was more here than met the eye in two ways – one was the difficult subject of Dark Matter itself; the other was the amount of thought and detail that had gone into the different exhibits, as explained in the texts. This was an exhibition which needed time to explore, ideally perhaps with one of the guided tours, to gain the full benefit from it.
The one area missing was that the exhibition didn’t seem to connect into the research of King’s College London in the way that other exhibitions have done, and indeed will be the case with the next exhibition ‘ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety’ which will draw on mental health research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the university.