Events

Collecting the Cosmos

January 24, 2014 | USC Doheny Memorial Library

Host: USC Visions and Voices

It’s not every day that you find a lightning storm inside a library. Dramatizing NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, Dan Goods and David Delgado’s art installation Beneath the Surface simulates a lightning storm in Jupiter’s cloudy atmosphere and—using cellphone cameras—the sensory technologies employed during Juno’s voyage of discovery. Explore the intersections of scientific knowledge and artistic innovation with Goods and Delgado of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and USC professors Clifford Johnson (Physics and Astronomy) and Holly Willis (Institute for Multimedia Literacy). In a panel discussion, they will reflect on how the arts provide unexpected ways of seeing that help us interpret the cosmos and, in turn, how the sciences are transforming visual arts, music and other creative fields. In conjunction, the USC Libraries will display Beneath the Surface with rare items tracing the history of astronomy from the libraries’ collections and interactive simulations by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies that will allow users to explore otherworldly environments, like the surface of Mars.

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

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