MCubed Symposium presentation by Greg Tarle, Jim Cogswell, and Stephen Rush about their collaborative project, In the Dark, a multimedia event based on the principle of dark energy. The project synthesizes dance, video, digital imagery, music and art to transport audiences to unfamiliar territory.
Dark energy is a mysterious new form of energy that emerges from the very “fabric” of empty space. Dark energy is all around us, but we can’t see it and have been blind to its existence until 1998 when scientists first observed its effect on the accelerated expansion of the universe. It now makes up most of the energy in the universe with its share increasing as the universe continues to expand. As we learn more and more about dark energy, we are still in the dark about its true nature.
MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact. The program minimizes the time between idea conception and successful research results by providing immediate startup funds for novel, high-risk and transformative research projects. The funds are intended to generate data for groundbreaking, high-impact publications, or preliminary results for new, innovative research proposals. The program also includes high-visibility, campus-wide research symposia to showcase the resulting groundbreaking research. To find out more about the University of Michigan’s revolutionary way of funding research, visit:
More about faculty member, Jim Cogswell.