15th - 20th October


Tanner Street SE13PL


Through the Looking Glass: Humanity’s Changing View of the Universe

Throughout history, humanity has strived to understand its extended environment, the cosmos. Harnessing new technologies, evidence and critical thinking, humans developed incredible early mythologies and seasonal subsistence cycles, philosophical models and current day astronomical concepts. The earliest human would have looked up and gazed at the stars, in the same way many of us do today. With these developments, our understanding allows us to reach further, to explore bigger questions about our existence and the fabric of reality. Technology allows us to gaze so deep into the distance and we find it immensely difficult to resolve the figures it produces.

Facets of these changing visions will be expressed through extensive works featuring astrophotography, site-specific light installations, intricate hand-drawings, mixed media sculptures and meditative video work. More than 40 established and emerging artists feature in Lumen’s third major exhibition at the venue, part of Ugly Duck’s In Transition season, which considers the broader question of how much technology is changing human behaviour.

The exhibition is co-curated with Becky Lyon and Natasha Sabatini.
Alongside the exhibition there will be a number of ticketed evening events curated, check back for details.


Exhibition (free): 16th – 20th October // 12 pm – 6 pm

Special Events 
15th October: 6 pm – 9 pm Opening evening  (free) – Tickets
17th October: 7 pm – 8.30 pm, Talk: Elastic Nature #5: ASTROBIOLOGY  (free) – Tickets
18th October: 8 pm – 10 pm, An evening of Sound ArtSimeon Rodgers : Endlove / James Traylin : An Ear Is A Shell – £6  Tickets
20th October: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm  POETICS OF COSMIC SPACES with Reza Tavakol Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy – (free)
2 pm – 4 pm  Astronomy DIY Imagining and sensing show & tell with Lumen Studio – (free)
4 pm – 5 pm Emerging Universe: How the Euclid Mission will transform our concept of the universe with Lisa Pettibone – (free) Tickets

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.