KOSMICA: Ethereal Things, a cosmic evening of music, film, performance and talks

Join us for a special evening of performance, film, talks and music that aims to make the physics of the universe intimate and inspiring. No science knowledge required!

Doors and bar open 6:30pm. Event 7 - 9:30pm.
Riverside Rooms, National Glass Centre
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. In their short film Do You Think Science …, made at the Berkeley Space Sciences Lab in California, the artists ask a group of physicists the unanswerable question, thereby revealing hidden motivations driving scientists to the outer limits of human knowledge. In an attempt to find meaning within the question, the scientists open a Pandora’s Box of limitations within science itself.
Annie Carpenter is an artist and lecturer from Manchester. Her art practice draws on amateur science experiments, hobbyist engineering projects, and futile human endeavour. She recently completed a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences with the Open University, specialising in astronomy and planetary science. In her demonstration, Annie will attempt to model the physics of black holes using household objects and dry ice.
Chamkaur Ghag is a Dark Matter researcher and astroparticle physicist. In his talk, Cham will address the tricky issue that, after a thousand years of looking at the sky and building vast telescopes and space probes, scientists understand only about 3% of what is in the universe. The rest seems to be made of a mysterious substance that scientists call “dark matter”. He discusses this astounding discovery and what “not knowing” means for science and for human beings, since we don’t know how life originated, where consciousness comes from, or what 97% of the universe is made of.
Aoife van Linden Tol is an artist working with explosives, fusing her interests in nature, cosmology, chemistry and physics. She creates abstract works which often examine concepts of time, density and matter as well as deep human emotions and motivations.
Spacegong is a jazz rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne whose “thought-provoking, exciting, hypnotic, beautiful” music is infused by science fiction and powered by the cosmos. Spectacular cosmological visualisations of the universe and galaxy formations, created by Durham’s Institute of Computational Cosmology, will accompany Spacegong’s music.

The evening is compered by Nahum, artist, musician, and founder of the KOSMICA Institute.

KOSMICA: Ethereal Things accompanies Fiona Crisp’s exhibition Material Sight. It is a partnership between Arts Catalyst, the KOSMICA Institute, Fiona Crisp (Northumbria University), and NGCA, supported by Durham University and Boulby Underground Laboratory. 
For this project we gratefully acknowledge the funding support of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council.