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 by Filipe Braga
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
A performance activates the piece “a shot in the dark”, during which two scientists and I dismantle the detector, re-enacting the gestures and protocols involved in the manipulation of such a machine. In doing so we aim to reflect on degrees of performativity in scientific research – we apprehend these gestures as ritualistic acts and address the quest for ‘Dark Matter’ in its intertwinement with imagination and faith (performance unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19). The video piece accompanying the project also aims to rethink the gender imbalance and inequality in the domain of physics as well as the social impact of this research.