Tuning Interference: Dark Matter Radio

Aura Satz | Spain, 2019

Tuning Interference: Dark Matter Radio

How do we search for dark matter when we don’t even know what it is?

This piece invites you to physically tune into dark matter: as you walk through the structure, you will hear different frequencies and interference patterns as the speakers translate current Dark matter simulations into sound patterns. The artist collaborated with Malcolm Fairbairn (King's College London), David Marsh (Goettingen University) and audio engineer David Ronan to create this sound installation, based on scientific simulations of dark matter's speed and density. The accompanying print shows the astronomer Vera Rubin, who in the 1970s was the first scientist to provide irrefutable evidence that dark matter exists.


Aura Satz uses film, sound, performance and sculpture to investigate modes of heightened perception and sensory disorientation, such as flicker and psychoacoustics, Her works look at how the physical and sonic properties of objects tap into ideas of knowledge and communication in their use of notation systems, languages and codes.

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