BLACK LIGHT AT TATE MODERN
Artists Labern&Lloyd “trace the curve of the sun’s rays as they just graze the surface” (James Maxwell, Physicist)
What does society keep in the dark, and how can it be illuminated? Labern&Lloyd of the drawing shed, working at Tate Modern as The Light Collectors, collaborated with scientists hosted by The Institute of Physics in November 2015. Together they invited the public to engage in an afternoon of Black Light, with open conversation and research. Hundreds of people throughout the day took part in an ongoing dialogue with top physicists and astro biologists about the science and politics of light.
Framed by an installation drawn from the artists’ ongoing research into the hidden at this critical point in history, ultraviolet light revealed the disjuncture between extra-ordinary scientific explorations across the full spectrum of light and the endemic slow violence caused by human domestic light poverty across the world.
Labern&Lloyd chose the human labour and skill of hand cutting the paper stencils over a period of 12 hours, matching the year round daylight hours experienced daily by people living on the line of the equator; the prints are screened in the same UV used by the British Security Industry to track our movements, identity and money.
The Public Typing Pool©, with its manual typewriters fitted with invisible UV inked typewriter ribbons, welcomed the public to contribute to an ever growing installation of contemporary concerns, made from UV ink texts and drawings revealed through the use of hand held Black Light torches.
Part of the International Year of Light in collaboration with the Institute of Physics.
the drawing shed would like to thank the following people and organisations for their invaluable contributions to this project:
Dr Matthew Clark, Chemist and Education Manager & Richard Ashworth, Colour Experience Manager: Society of Dyers and Colourists
Dr Sergio Ioppolo & Daniel Weatherhill: Astrophysicists, Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University
Ali Hudson: Evolutionary Biology and astrophysics student, Edinburgh University
Toby Shannon: the Institute of Physics’ Coordinator of International Year of Light
Joseph Kopiel, Artist: stencil cutting and screen-printing
University of East London: ADI, Print Studio
Tate Modern: Public Programmes, Community
Brian Rothwell, typewriter ribbons: Inkjet Stores, Bury, Greater Manchester
Simon Foster-Ogg: provider of things interesting and light-related