Tanner Street SE13PL
16th - 20th October
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 subsistence 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. But through these developments, our understanding allows us to reach further, and to explore bigger questions about our existence and the fabric of reality. We have traversed through different answers to our biggest questions. The Ptolemaic view of the Universe was an Earth-centered, or geocentric model. 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, or heliocentric, view of the Universe that had been suggested by ancient Greek astronomers like Aristarchos. Developments by Johannes Kepler demonstrated that the orbits of Earth and the other planets were not perfectly circular but were actually elliptical, or egg-shaped. Since then, we have discovered black holes, neutron stars, dark matter and developed complex theories of 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, that we have no way of resolving the figures it produces.
Lumen is an art collective, focused on themes of astronomy and light, regularly exhibiting in churches as well as galleries.
Through art, exhibitions and seminars we aim to raise a dialogue about how humanity understands existence.
The members of Lumen are Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley.