‘Most of the universe is dark’, writes Roger Malina, an astronomer and Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Texas, Dallas, in his essay for A Ray of Darkness. It is because, as he writes, ‘We now know that the human senses are very efficient filters, and that almost all of the world around us cannot be directly perceived by human senses.’ The current research even suggests that only 4% of the universe consists of normal matter – the rest is invisible to us, and is, until now, undetected by our instruments. This is the starting point for A Ray of Darkness, the second Kontraste Cahier. The small publication presents the essay, commissioned by Sonic Acts/Kontraste, on cosmology and data collection by astronomer and Leonardo editor Roger Malina, along with visual material and quotes from various sources exploring the concepts of dark matter and dark energy.
- A PRELUDE TO DARK MATTER
- FIELD NOTES ON DARK MATTER: A COLLECTION OF QUOTES FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES
- IMAGES OF DARK MATTER AND DARK ENERGY
- DARK ENERGY, DARK MATTER, BIG DATA, INTIMATE DATA
Roger F. Malina
- ELECTRIC SHADOWS