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May 12 Performance: Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible

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May 12, 6:45 to 9:00 pm: pre­view and recep­tion, live per­for­mance of the Stephen Rush com­po­si­tion Jew­eled Net of the Vast Invisible
Dud­er­stadt Cen­ter Video Pro­duc­tion Stu­dio, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan North Campus
Instal­la­tion open noon to 6:00 pm daily, May 13 – 15

Jew­eled Net 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 dis­tri­b­u­tion of dark mat­ter. In the May 2015 instal­la­tion, view­ers will fly through a sim­u­la­tion of dark mat­ter in the process of evolv­ing from a nearly uni­form dis­tri­b­u­tion soon after the Big Bang, to the dis­tri­b­u­tion that char­ac­ter­izes our uni­verse at the present epoch 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 pho­to­met­ric 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. 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. 

As we travel through this sim­u­la­tion, we expe­ri­ence the for­ma­tion of struc­tures, halos, voids and fil­a­ments, which owe their exis­tence to minute quan­tum fluc­tu­a­tions when the uni­verse was first launched. These struc­tures, ampli­fied by infla­tion, prop­a­gated by sound and inten­si­fied by grav­ity, formed the invis­i­ble net that cap­tured the mat­ter that made up the first stars, galax­ies and galaxy clus­ters, the jew­els” that we see as we look out on the uni­verse today. Heavy ele­ments forged in these stars became the raw ingre­di­ents from which our sun, our planet and life came about. We are chil­dren of the stars, lit­er­ally, made of star­dust cre­ated and ejected into the inter­stel­lar medium many bil­lions of years ago. And yet this under­ly­ing net of dark mat­ter is invis­i­ble to the eye. Its exis­tence can only be inferred by study­ing the galax­ies and stars that dec­o­rate this vast invis­i­ble net. Sci­en­tists see this beauty and stand in awe of the grandeur of our universe.

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). The instal­la­tion is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous efforts of Tom Bray, Con­verg­ing Tech­nolo­gies Con­sul­tant at the University. 

Doc­u­men­tary video of 2014 instal­la­tion: http://​vimeo​.com/​94880205
Inter­view with col­lab­o­ra­tive team: http://​vimeo​.com/​95219150