Dark Matters

24 Sep 2011 – 15 Jan 2012

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The Whitworth

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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Dark Matters at the Whitworth Art Gallery


Dark Matters is a new major exhibition centred on the theme of shadow, technology and art, which opens at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester at the end of September. This innovative show will bring together works and new commissions from internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, all using a range of media and technologies to explore the impact of scientific, digital and mechanical invention upon visual culture. The exhibition has strong interactive and digital elements, giving people new ways in which to access art and making it perfect for families to explore. Since the 18th Century, advances in science and technology have shaped and communicated our desires, fantasies and fears through an array of optical devices; from shadow plays to magic lanterns, photographic discoveries to the latest digital techniques. These developments have been intertwined with philosophical thought about image and truth, embodied by a fascination with shadow and darkness. Dark Matters reflects these ideas with an exhibition populated by half-seen spectres, visual riddles and distorted reflections. Visitors will be able to explore this unique, playful and magical space, whilst also having the opportunity to reflect upon the deeper philosophical ideas behind the exhibition and its themes of temporality, absence, truth, mortality and wonder. The exhibition incorporates photography, film, animation, drawing, digital technology, literature and sculpture, making it a vibrant and diverse experience for visitors.


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