Benedikt Diemer, PhD candidate, Astrophysics (University of Chicago)
Isaac Facio, MFA candidate, Fiber and Material Studies (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

The Fabric of the Universe investigates a novel way to visualize the structure of the universe: using 3-dimensional textiles. The shapes formed by the dark matter in large computer simulations will be worked into fabric using digital textile manufacturing technologies. The properties of fabrics, such as their opacities, will represent the properties of dark matter structures, such as their densities. Ultimately, the textile will take shape in a large-scale sculpture of the dark matter filaments and nodes in the universe, known as the “cosmic web.”