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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, UGLY DUCK, 15-20 OCTOBER 2019


Lumen presents an exhibition which looks at how technology has influenced our collective view of the Universe.

This exhibition is co-curated with Becky Lyon and Natasha Sabatini.












Events Programme:

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18.00 Private view

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:00 ELASTIC NATURE #5: Astrobiology: The New Science of Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Universe with Prof. Ian Crawford Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:00 Simeon Rodgers: Endlove / James Traylen: An Ear is a Shell Sun, 20 Oct 2019 13:00 Sisetta Zappone: Drawing the Sky Workshop Sun, 20 Oct 2019 13:00 Reza Tavakol: Poetics of Cosmic Spaces Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:00 Lumen: Astronomy DIY Imaging and Sensing Show and Tell Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:00 Lisa Pettibone: Emerging Universe Artists Aki Poon Andi Wang Anna Gray Aria Kiani Armelle Tulunda Asier Leatxe Ibañez d'Opakoa Becky Lyon Bethany Rigby Chris Cornish Christopher Handran Deborah Gardner Deborah Geppert Douglas Benford + Rob Olins George Horsington Hannah Luxton Hannah Pratt James Bryant Janet Stafford Jessica Wetherley Jill Mueller Joan Alexander John Hooper Joshua Space Kim Sutherland Kirsty Dixon Louise Beer Marika Grasso Marty Langthorne Melanie King Natasha Sabatini Nicola Rae Paul Malone Rachael Linton Ralph Klewitz Rebecca Huxley Sage Lewis Sarah Edmonson Shuster and Mosely Sisetta Zappone Soa J. Hwang Tim Corne Dates: 16 - 20 October 2019. Private View: 15th October 6-9pm. Opening Hours: 16-20 October 12-6pm. Venue: Ugly Duck 47-49 Tanner St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3PL

Throughout history humanity has strived to understand our greater environment - the cosmos. Through the transition of new technologies, new evidence and logic-based thinking we have progressed from a view of early mythologies and seasonal cycles to philosophical models and current day astronomical concepts. The earliest human would have looked up and gazed at the stars in the same way that we do today. Through technological developments our understanding allows us to reach further, to explore bigger questions about our existence and the fabric of reality. Together, we have traversed through different answers to our biggest questions about the cosmos. For example, the Ptolemaic view of the Universe was an Earth-centric. In this model, the Sun and all of the planets orbited the Earth and the other stars formed a backdrop that also orbited Earth. In 1543, Copernicus published the idea of a sun-centered / heliocentric view of the Universe, suggested by ancient Greek astronomers such as Aristarchos. Developments by Johannes Kepler demonstrated that the orbits of Earth and the other planets were not perfectly circular but were actually elliptical / egg-shaped. Since then, we have discovered black holes, neutron stars and dark matter. We have developed complex theories which explain the beginning and eventual end of the universe. Alongside an ever changing scientific world-view, humanity has found comfort and resolution in faithful worship of different gods and deities that help to answer their questions about the meaning and purpose of life. Today we have technology that has developed from Galileo’s use of Hans Lipperhey’s ‘Dutch Perspective Glass’ that gave us humanities first view of the four largest moons of Jupiter (Io, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa) and physical features on the Moon in 1610 to current day technology that allows us to see into unimaginably distant parts of the universe. Technology has allowed us to gaze so deep into the distance, yet we find it immensely difficult to resolve the figures it produces. Previous Lumen Exhibitions at Ugly Duck Lumen: School of Light Lumen: Cosmic Perspectives

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