The installation and sculpture “a shot in the dark” is inspired by the CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) experiment, a project located at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. It seeks to detect the possible yet still undetected existence of so-called ‘Dark Matter’ in space. The sculpture reproduces at a 1:1 scale the original detector made of copper, focusing on its mystical body as the physical materialisation of scientific speculation.

Supported by Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (António Bento, Federica Petricca, Lucia Canonica), Technische Universität München (Elizabeth Mondragón), João Pedro Costa, André Alexandre, Shirin Zeraaty, Piris Serrano and Valter Maior

copper, acrylic glass, galvanised steel, original CRESST detector, video (colour and sound, 14 min)

Exhibition view at Serralves Museum, Novo Banco Revelação Award 2019
Photos: Filipe Braga