exhibition: ‘Through the Looking Glass’ with Lumen

Lumen present Through the Looking Glass: Humanity’s Changing Vision of the Universe, an exhibition of over 50 artists, illuminating how technology has influenced a collective view of the Universe.

Dates: 16 – 20 October 2019
Private View: 15th October 6-9pm
Opening Hours: 16-20 October 12-6pm
Venue: Ugly Duck 47-49 Tanner St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3PL

Click here for a digital catalogue of artists

From Lumen’s website:

Throughout history humanity has strived to understand our greater environment – the cosmos. Through the transition of new technologies, new evidence and logic-based thinking we have progressed from a view of early mythologies and seasonal cycles to philosophical models and current day astronomical concepts. 

The earliest human would have looked up and gazed at the stars in the same way that we do today. Through technological developments our understanding allows us to reach further, to explore bigger questions about our existence and the fabric of reality. 

Together, we have traversed through different answers to our biggest questions about the cosmos. For example, the Ptolemaic view of the Universe was an Earth-centric. In this model, the Sun and all of the planets orbited the Earth and the other stars formed a backdrop that also orbited Earth. In 1543, Copernicus published the idea of a sun-centered / heliocentric view of the Universe, suggested by ancient Greek astronomers such as Aristarchos. Developments by Johannes Kepler demonstrated that the orbits of Earth and the other planets were not perfectly circular but were actually elliptical / egg-shaped. Since then, we have discovered black holes, neutron stars and dark matter. We have developed complex theories which explain the beginning and eventual end of the universe. 

Alongside an ever-changing scientific world-view, humanity has found comfort and resolution in faithful worship of different gods and deities that help to answer their questions about the meaning and purpose of life. Today we have technology that has developed from Galileo’s use of Hans Lipperhey’s ‘Dutch Perspective Glass’ that gave us humanities first view of the four largest moons of Jupiter (Io, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa) and physical features on the Moon in 1610 to current day technology that allows us to see into unimaginably distant parts of the universe. Technology has allowed us to gaze so deep into the distance, yet we find it immensely difficult to resolve the figures it produces.