"We've looked and looked, but after all where are we?"
Robert Frost from "The Starsplitter"
Deep inside an idle iron mine, below the ancient hemitite rock formations of northern Minnesota, a tiny elevator rattles to a halt on Level 27. Here among dozing bats and artificial lights, people wait. And wait. This is the unlikely site of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) lab. where scientists are looking for the tiny burst that will indicate evidence of dark matter, a product of the big bang believed to comprise 25% of the material in the universe. This missing mass is called dark matter because it does not emit or scatter light like ordinary matter
DARK MATTER is a conceptual investigation of the visual phenomena of shadows inside the CDMS II lab and in the forest around the site. Since scientists don’t know what it is exactly, these photographs imagine what this mysterious substance might look like if it were visible.