Collecting the Cosmos

Collecting the Cosmos

Visions and Voices
  • Date:
    Friday, January 24, 2014
  • Time:
    4:00 PM
  • Venue:
    Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
  • Cost:
    Reception to follow. Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Tuesday, December 10, at 9 a.m.

    USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
    General Public: To RSVP, click here.

    To RSVP for the exhibition reception only, click here.

Summary:

Explore the intersections of scientific knowledge and artistic innovation with Dan Goods and David Delgado of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and USC professors Clifford Johnson and Holly Willis. They will reflect on how the arts provide unexpected ways of interpreting the cosmos and how the sciences are transforming the arts.

Description:

It’s not every day that you hunt for planets inside a library. Dramatizing NASA’s search for planets outside our solar system, Dan Goods' art installation Hidden Lightsimulates the process by which astronomers look for Earth-like objects throughout the galaxy by spotting the dimming of a star’s light as a planet crosses in front of it. Explore the intersections of scientific knowledge and artistic innovation with Goods of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and David Delgadi, also of JPL, as well as USC professors Clifford Johnson (Physics and Astronomy) and Holly Willis (Institute for Multimedia Literacy). A panel discussion will consider how the arts help us interpret the cosmos and how the sciences are transforming the arts. Following the panel discussion, the USC Libraries will host a reception of the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library, where Hidden Light will be on display along with rare items tracing the history of astronomy and interactive simulations of otherworldly exploration.

Organized by the USC Libraries and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.