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Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible: Concert and Opening Reception May 12

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May 12, 6:45 to 9:00 pm
Live per­for­mance, pre­view, and reception
Music by composer/​pianist Stephen Rush, with Andrew Bishop, clar­inetist, and Jeremy Edwards, Percussionist

Video Pro­duc­tion Stu­dio, Dud­er­stadt Center
Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, North Campus

Instal­la­tion open noon to 6:00 pm daily, May 13 – 15

Jew­eled Net of the Vast Invis­i­ble is a visu­al­iza­tion of the dis­tri­b­u­tion of dark mat­ter in the uni­verse, based on data from a mas­sive bil­lion-par­ti­cle com­puter sim­u­la­tion. The instal­la­tion fea­tures a con­tin­u­ously run­ning multi-chan­nel video pro­jec­tion in a twenty-foot high, 140-degree panorama and acoustic envi­ron­ment, immers­ing view­ers in the vast jew­eled spaces and sonic struc­tures derived from the bil­lion data points sim­u­lat­ing the evo­lu­tion of dark mat­ter struc­tures through­out the cos­mos. In the May 2015 instal­la­tion, view­ers will fly through a sim­u­la­tion of dark mat­ter in the process of evolv­ing from their ran­dom and dif­fuse dis­tri­b­u­tion imme­di­ately after the Big Bang, to the clus­tered cos­mic web of the mod­ern uni­verse — - all while expe­ri­enc­ing an immer­sive sonic envi­ron­ment of music inspired by those spaces.

This instal­la­tion coin­cides with the Dark Energy Sur­vey (DES) Col­lab­o­ra­tion Meet­ing, bring­ing 150 sci­en­tists from around the globe to the UM cam­pus. DES is in its sec­ond year of a five-year sur­vey on the Blanco tele­scope in Chile, map­ping the south­ern skies in an effort to under­stand the nature of dark energy that now dom­i­nates our uni­verse: they aim to see hun­dreds of mil­lions of galax­ies and thou­sands of explod­ing stars. At the May 12 recep­tion, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and sci­en­tists attend­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion meet­ing are invited to exchange ideas and inspire one another while they expe­ri­ence the instal­la­tion together. 

Jew­eled Net of the Vast Invis­i­ble is an Art/​Science col­lab­o­ra­tion funded by the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan MCubed seed grant pro­gram. The team is com­prised of Gre­gory Tarlé (Depart­ment of Physics), Stephen Rush (School of Music, The­atre and Dance), Jim Cogswell (Stamps School of Art and Design), Brian Nord (Fer­mi­lab) along with grad­u­ate stu­dents Jason Eaton (Com­puter Sci­ence) and Simon Alexan­der-Adams (Music, The­ater, and Dance). Made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions of Tom Bray, Con­verg­ing Tech­nolo­gies Con­sul­tant at the University. 

Visu­al­iz­ing Dark Mat­ter: Jim Cogswell reflects on his recent collaboration
Fly­ing through invis­i­ble | UM Research