Exhibition by Stephen Young and Paul Kelly
This exhibit highlighted the patterns and similarities that occur at very different scales in the natural world through images taken by satellite or with an electron microscope. The collaborative work represented here bridged art and science, raising questions about how we interpret information from various standpoints, from the broader universe or our place within it.
The microimages capture details that are typically less than a millimetre in size while the macro images show items that may exceed many kilometres. The differences in scale between the micro and macro images are a million times or more. Satellites image the Earth using multiple wavelengths, some outside the visible spectrum, such as near-infrared, thermal, and microwaves, while the electron microscope scans an object with a beam of electrons. The information outside the visible spectrum has been assigned a colour or a grey-scale in order for us to perceive the image. Some images may seem odd to you in their colouration. These images were carefully processed in accordance with typical scientific practices to present as much information as possible, and except for the colour, assignments have not been manipulated in any way. Similar images are often seen on the covers of leading scientific journals such as Science or Nature.
August 15 – August 16, 2015, 4-8 PM
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