On Sonic Scientific Infrastructure

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This talk and practice-research presentation will share details of sonic scientific infrastructure used to detect dark matter. As an undetected missing mass in the universe, physicists search for this elusive particle in the cosmic silence cultivated beneath Pyrenean Mountains and with hydrophones deep below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea; from ancient Roman-era lead uncovered at shipwrecks on the bottom of the ocean to the Colorado mines where radio pure Argon-40, dubbed “the boring guy” by a lab technician, is extracted. Alarmingly, in the case of dark matter detection, we are running short of materials pure enough to use, largely due to pollution from the Industrial Revolution and other atmospheric impurities in circulation. Throughout this session, Rebecca Collins will elaborate on the lengthy logistical processes involved in the detection of dark matter, considered in light of a much-needed return to discourse on the planetary.
Period28 Mar 2024
Held atUniversity of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Infrastructure
  • Sonic
  • Sound Art
  • Artistic Research
  • Practice-based research
  • Science
  • Dark Matter