What's the connection between the personal and the universal? Between art and science? In SKY Stories: Cosmologists Occupy an Art Space, three cosmologists immerse themselves in SKY, a virtual and physical exhibition in ArtCenter's Williamson Gallery. In the following series of three videos, the exhibition's artworks become a portal through which the scientists explore how the sky and other elements in the natural world led to their chosen careers studying the cosmos for truths both scientific and poetic.
"SKY features works of contemporary art and science artifacts challenging provincial stereotypes of what lies above," says Stephen Nowlin, vice president, ArtCenter Exhibitions who conceived the collaboration between NASA/JPL scientists, Caltech Theater Arts Director, Brian Brophy and a team of ArtCenter filmmakers. "SKY Stories becomes a duet in three parts, each astrophysicist's influences, journeys and puzzlements reach harmonies with the surrounding exhibition."
NASA/JPL astrophysicist Alina Kiessling investigates how a childhood dream of looking down into Earth's archaeological history blossomed into an adult career spent looking up to the stars.
NASA/JPL astrophysicist Dida Markovic reveals how her desire to build rockets for space exploration has led her to design space-bound telescopes that will gaze into the deep reaches of the cosmos.
NASA/JPL astrophysicist Agnès Ferté investigates how her intergalactic teenage flights of fancy led her all across the world researching dark energy and the mysteries of the universe.
Producers: Lauren Mahoney & Luis Silva
Camera Assistant: Lyndsay Bloom
Graphics and Animation: Jacqui Ha
Cosmologist Occupy an Art Space is a Leonardo LASER Talks event in partnership with Fulcrum Arts
We send telescopes to space. And with those telescopes we're going to make enormous maps of the cosmos that are more detailed than anything humanity has ever seen.Dida MarkovicAstrophysicist, NASA/JPL
More on the SKY exhibition:
Ponder both the provincial and universal elements of space above and around the Earth’s surface with works of contemporary art, science artifacts and historical objects.
Works are displayed equally and side-by-side, blurring the boundaries between domains usually separated by convention and periods of history.
Vice President, ArtCenter Exhibitions and Director, Williamson Gallery
Senior Curator, ArtCenter Exhibitions