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Delicious Darkness: Encounters with Gloom


Guest speaker

Start Date

9 May 2017 5:30 pm

End Date

9 May 2017 7:00 pm


Dechaineux Theatre, School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart

Visiting author and academic Dr Tim Edensor invites you to join him in a celebration of darkness and the power of switching off the lights.

This is a free event organised by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

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Dr Tim Edensor
Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Tim Edensor

Darkness has become undervalued in an over-illuminated world, according to visiting author and academic Tim Edensor. In a global context, the human urge to illuminate the world is causing enormous problems for migratory birds and sea creatures. Not only is near-constant illumination messing with our sleep patterns, it is robbing us of opportunities to use our imagination, experience intimacy and develop a deeper awareness of hearing and touch.

Dr Edensor encourages us to seek out pitch blackness as he discusses the historical cultural reasons for our often negative perceptions of darkness. He will discuss his research into how our experience of landscapes alters according to the available light and explore the growing phenomena of sensory art works and tourist attractions that deploy total darkness.

About Tim Edensor

Tim Edensor teaches cultural geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is currently a visiting academic at Melbourne University. He is the author of many books including From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom (Minnesota, 2017) He also runs a blog Light Research.


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