Invisible World

Topic: The Nature of Science Subtopic: Science & Society

Case Study

of an Exhibition

by Henrik Treimo

Published on May 12, 2009

  • Description and goals

    Invisible World presents images of parts and processes in the body which are too small, too fast or too slow to be seen without using advanced visualizing technology. Combining this with displayed “key objects”, installations, films and interviews with scientists, the exhibition aims to be a room for reflection upon questions like: What does it mean to see the invisible world through highly advanced microscopes and other devices? It is a conceptual exhibition, focused on science in the making, which, if successful, can be experienced in many ways at the same time.

    Three goals:
    Reflection
    Behind every biomedical picture, there is a long process. Scientific imagery will always include preparation and interpretation. Invisible World investigates the exchange between science and a wider visual culture. How does society influence the way scientific images are made, interpreted and conceptualized? What effect does the flow of scientific imagery have on the way science is presented and on what the general public thinks science consists of?

    Learning
    We want the visitors to get some insight in the scientific reasons and practices behind visualisations of the unseen, as well as experiencing what things may look like at this level – as far as we (contemporary science) know.

    Amusement
    We wanted to present a visually pleasing and spectacular exhibition, that is, to let people enjoy pictures of things they have not seen before.

  • Development process and challenges

    to be continued..

  • Lessons learned, mistakes we made (and what we did about them)

    to be continued..

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