Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible (fka In the Dark) is a science/art collaboration to produce a dance/multimedia production based on the principle of dark energy. The project synthesizes dance, video, digital imagery, music and art to transport audiences to unfamiliar territory where the mind opens to myriad possibilities and nothing is certain. Surrounded by video projections with dancers moving in and out the stage is set for a journey into a world of the unknown. Dark energy is a mysterious new form of energy that emerges from the quantum structure of empty space. Dark energy is all around us, but we can’t see it and have been blind to its existence until 1998 when scientists first observed its effect on the accelerated expansion of the universe. It now makes up most of the energy in the universe and will increase its share as the universe continues to expand. As we learn more and more about dark energy, we are still in the dark about its true nature. We can extend this idea of being in the dark metaphorically as humans - from who we are, to our origins, to our role, if any, in the future of the universe. Our project aims to take the topic of dark energy and what it implies scientifically and metaphorically, and use it as a framework for our artistic explorations.
Presented at the Twelfth Annual Sophia Centre Conference, held at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 2014, Bath, UK