There’s more to it than meets the eye

Yu-Chen Wang | Taiwan/United Kingdom, 2019

There’s more to it than meets the eye

Why does dark matter really matter?

This installation shines a light on the personal stories inspiring physicists to dedicate their working lives to researching dark matter. Wang chronicles the three different methodologies scientists use to try and detect it: conducting experiments deep underground; searching for it in outer space; or attempting to make it at places like CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research). The pencil drawing depict, in hybrid form, various parts from scientific instruments used in physics; the script is based on conversations with physicists at King’s College London, UCL, University of Liverpool, LJMU and at CERN.


Yu-Chen Wang’s work asks fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems and techno-systems have become intertwined. Her central practice is drawing, allowing her to explore and meditate on mechanical and biological forms, and the ways in which their borders blur and mutate.

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