The Science Gallery Garden at the Ars Electronica Festival will explore trust, technology, global challenges, arts innovation and new forms of digital storytelling. A showcase from the world’s only university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art, it will feature interactive workshops, experimental audio and visual experiences, livestreamed events and a specially-curated digital archive.
Where Science and Art Collide
How will virtual reality impact therapy? Where is the cloud and who controls it? How could biodesign improve or destroy our lives? What can stick insects teach AI about dance? How can art and science collaboration inspire climate activism? With 95% of the universe a mystery, what role do artists and scientists have in unravelling and understanding the unknown?
The Science Gallery Garden at the Ars Electronica Festival will showcase the best of the world’s only university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The Garden will explore trust, technology, global challenges, arts innovation and new forms of digital storytelling, featuring interactive workshops, experimental audio and visual experiences, livestreamed events and a specially-curated digital archive.
Explore Dublin’s tech infrastructure through a virtual walking tour or experience a VR therapy session; visit exhibitions floating in digital space and discuss cultural transformation and new ways of learning. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how show-stopping arts and science exhibits come together. Read, listen and watch content from our global youth community, or just stop by to take a break from passive consumption and get your hands dirty at one of our live workshops.
Science Gallery Atlanta is a project of Emory University, one of the world’s leading research universities. It is committed to bringing a multi-dimensional experience that fosters a dynamic new model for engaging with students, faculty, and the city at large. Science Gallery Atlanta joined the global network of science gallery locations in January 2020. It creates a place where creativity, scholarship, and service can come together to help make a brighter future for all.
Heather Christle, Gary Motley
The Crying Book is a deeply personal tribute to the fascinating strangeness of tears and the unexpected resilience of joy. Why do we cry? How do we cry? Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and now must reckon with her own depression and the birth of her first child. As she faces her grief and impending parenthood, she decides to research the act of crying: what it is and why people do it. She researches tear-collecting devices and explores the role white women’s tears play in racist violence. Motley performs Someday Sunday as Christle reads from her first book of nonfiction, The Crying Book.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Science Gallery is the world’s only university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The Science Gallery Network consists of leading universities united around a singular mission: to ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide. Science Gallery International is the non-profit, charitable organization catalyzing the growth of the network, providing services, tools and resources required to power and expand this unique global collaboration, which now has seven members across four continents: founding institution Trinity College Dublin (IE); King’s College London (UK); The University of Melbourne (AU); the Indian Institute of Science, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, The National Centre for Biological Sciences (IN); Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice (IT); Michigan State University (US); Erasmus University Medical Center (NL) and Emory University (US). For more information about the Network, visit: sciencegallery.org