Li Ka Shing Center – UC Berkeley
This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding.
Learn about ancient ceramic intrigue, explore physics and the deep sea, fold paper with an origami master, and join in fascinating conversations on science, image and creativity. Vision + Light is presented in partnership with Science at Cal, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and the Bay Area Science Festival.
Saturday, October 28
Sunday, October 29
In the project Zoom Blue Dot we discuss the cinematification of spatial data through dynamic visualization models, exemplified by the 3D flyover feature. This artwork however, puts an emphasis on the relational capacity of proxistance and the sphere of the globe as a scalable interface. In 1990, before permanently turning off its cameras, Voyager 1 turned towards Earth to snap one last picture. Shot from a distance of 4 billion miles, Earth appears as a pale blue dot suspended in a sunbeam. Addressing the concept of scale as an epistemic shift in our awareness brought on by the anthropocene, Voyager’s Pale Blue Dot (1990), will here be in dialog with artistic projects such as Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970) and Ray and Charles Eames, Power of Ten (1977). As opposed to Eameses’s camera that travels through the planetary system back on to Earth’s surface and into the molecular structure of a human body, our camera will be a variety of microscopes venturing into the depths of the electronic image’s material support, in this case the Liquid Crystal Display. The work is currently in progress at University of California, Berkeley and is carried out in collaboration with Holly L. Aaron at the Molecular Imaging Center and Danielle Jorgens at the Electron Microscopy Lab. Zoom Blue Dot is a part of Aerial View in Motion, a four-year artistic research project funded by Dept. of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology and administered by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.