In simultaneous invalidations_third attempt, shown at Auckland Art Gallery in 2011, a group of tables are in disarray. Leaning wildly one way and another, their legs akimbo, they are contorted by an unknown energy. Speakers attached to the tabletops alert you to the presence of a force in the room by emitting a drone of electronic noise. The scene is of a basement where a mysterious experiment is being conducted. Et al.’s laboratory uses mundane furniture and devices as mediums to draw out an alternate atmospheric condition. The artists’ experiment with unseen forces alludes to Victorian-era investigations of psychic phenomena and also the more general but persistent desire to pin down elusive ideas, people and places as scientific facts. The critical philosophical question remains: Having brought science to bear on the unknown, are we any closer to an understanding of it?