Audrey Wilson, ‘Luminiferous Ather Electrode’, 2015, Alida Anderson Art Projects

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SOFA Chicago, Context Art Miami

In the late 19th century, luminiferous aether was the postulated medium for the propagation of light. It was invoked to explain the ability of the apparently wave-based light to propagate through empty space; something that waves should not be able to do. The concept of the topic created considerable debate throughout its history, as it required the existence of an invisible and infinite material with no interaction with physical objects. As the nature of light was explored, the physical qualities required of the aether became increasingly contradictory. By the late 1800’s the aether was being questioned, although there was no physical theory to replace it.

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