interactive video installation

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami

May 8 - October 20, 2017

Is vision just one way to see? How do our brains interpret what’s in front of our eyes? How do machines understand what they’re looking at, and will they change how we look at the world?

SIMULACRA is an optophysical experimental. At its heart are four LCD monitor panels, which are assembled in the form of a hollow square, and installed at eye level in the middle of the room. The ensemble appears internally gutted, overgrown and embraced. A tangle of cables and control devices pours out of the middle of the square. All around it several magnifying lenses dangle from chains. The imageless glaring ray of the monitors looks as if the images had fallen out of them. What remains is the essence of the medium: Light.
But the images are still in the screens. It requires only a small visual aid to recognise them.

As the museum’s first special exhibition, SEEING is making its US debut after its premiere at Science Gallery Dublin in Ireland.
In SEEING, we’re tackling the complex sensory experience of vision and perception. We’re illuminating optics, perspective and comprehension while exploring enhanced and augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and radical alternatives to vision. The exhibition explores the subjectivity of sight, the other senses that shape our view of the world and the unexpected parallels between human and machine vision.

Developed by the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and curated by ophthalmologist Kate Coleman, computer engineer Gerry Lacey, neurobiologist Semir Zeki and Science Gallery Dublin Director Lynn Scarff, SEEING investigates biological and technological sight with interactive artworks examining the limits of machine recognition and the latest innovations in sight enhancement.

SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? at Frost Science has been made possible with generous support by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System. > more

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Located in Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, Frost Science is divided into four buildings, the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings, where guests can learn about the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, light and lasers, the biology of the human body and mind, and much more. Guests can explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. Frost Science is also dedicated to education, earning national awards for its summer camps and after-school programs. Formerly the Miami Science Museum in Coconut Grove, Frost Science will open at its new home on May 8, 2017.
The universe is astounding. We see science as a pathway to understand its wonder, to facing its challenges and navigating a sustainable future. Our vision is to create compelling STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) that inspires learning and innovation and enables people to explore real, rigorous science. > more

Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discoverywhere science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages people to learn throughtheir interests. Since opening in 2008, over two million visitors to the gallery have experiencedmore than 37 unique exhibitions ranging from living art experiments to materials science and fromthe future of the human race to the future of play.
Science Gallery Dublin develops an everchangingprogramme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers,students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is onproviding programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate socialconnections, always providing an element of surprise. Science Gallery Dublin is kindly supportedby the Wellcome Trust as founding partner, and by ‘Science Circle’ members — Deloitte, ESB, Google, ICON, NTR Foundation, and Pfizer. Science Gallery Dublin receives support fromprogramme partners Bank of Ireland, Intel Ireland, The Ireland Funds and The Marker Hotel. Italso receives government support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht andScience Foundation Ireland. Science Gallery Dublin’s media partner is The Irish Times.
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