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What's On at The Whitworth: Exhibitions and events in September

29 Aug 2011

Encounter phantoms in the mirror, captured spirits and playful shadows at the Whitworth’s new exhibition, Dark Matters

Dark Matters

4 September 2011 – 15 January 2012
Dark Matters: Shadow • Technology • Art

Encounter phantoms in the mirror, captured spirits and playful shadows as the Whitworth’s spaces become populated by works of darkness and wonder.

Exploring the impact of scientific, digital and mechanical invention upon visual culture, Dark Matters brings together the work of ten internationally acclaimed artists from across the globe who engage with ideas of darkness and shadow through a range of technologies. In an exhibition populated by half-seen spectres, visual riddles and distorted reflections, these artists explore themes of time, illusion and memory through a variety of media and machinery.

The exhibition includes a newly commissioned installation by Korean artist Ja-Young Ku who engages with the ghostly remnants of his former actions through performance and projection.

Works by Daniel Rozin combine state-of-the-art digital software with wooden machinery and suspended silk to create art objects of technological wonder. R. Luke DuBois’ sparkling computer-generated version of cinematic romance and Barnaby Hosking’s imposing Black
Flood challenge our perceptions in the dark and large photographic prints by Idris Khan present historically important texts as translucent, layered shadows.

Highlights from the Whitworth’s outstanding collection, dealing with ideas of darkness and shadow, will be on display in the relatively tangible, stable media of print, drawing and painting. A diverse array of works by artists such as Rembrandt, Paula Rego, Rachel
Whiteread, JMW Turner and Francis Bacon are included.

Last few days to see the following exhibitions, which finish on 4 September:

  • 1395 Days without Red: Šejla Kamerić & Anri Sali
  • Projections: Works from The Artangel Collection
  • Jacques Callot: The Miseries of War


For more information on all exhibitions and events during September, visit: