On the Surface of a Dust Particle
César Reyes Nájera, Ethel Baraona Pohl.
Volume #35 "Everything Under Control"

"Dear Radioactive Friends,
today I have done a terrible thing for a theoretical physicist,
that is, to introduce a new particle that nobody will ever be
able to see."

– Wolfgang Pauli, 1930s

If new advances in science are bringing us ever-greater degrees of control, will the neuron, the atom, DNA, and the bit take the permanent throne as our fundamental building blocks of design? Or can we go one step further? Astrologists have deduced that the matter we see and perceive is only a fraction of what exists. Dark matter, something we know little about, is said to comprise 83 percent of all matter in the universe.

Can designers explore ways of understanding and interacting with dark matter? To what degree is it feasible to modify visible matter and even address challenges unreachable within our current production model?

Although seemingly audacious to address —after all, no one took Fritz Zwicki very seriously when he first suggested the existence of dark matter back in 1930s— dark matter is a substantive hypothesis, and speculating on its potential for design could help unlock the confines of design and its subsequent realities.

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