Would you choose to erase a traumatic memory? Will we be farming more guinea pigs than chickens in the future? How much of what you see is really there? And what happens when creativity, art, and engineering mix with power, pain and politics.
From trauma and farming to seeing, design and violence, the 2016 programme at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin will embrace a number of bold and compelling themes offering our visitors opportunities to connect with work that probes surprising, compelling and participative ideas.
BUILT TO BREAK
Would you choose to erase a traumatic memory? Why are some people more resilient to trauma than others? How do we live with and recover from trauma? And how do we experience other people’s trauma? TRAUMA will investigate biological, psychological, societal, and cultural traumas in our contemporary, connected world — from the emotional, neurological and mental aspects of trauma to the brutish, the blunt-force, the fractured and the stitched. Exploring our collective resilience in the face of trauma, exhibits will consider our ability to heal and the importance of communication and human connections to that process.
RADICAL ADVENTURES IN FUTURE FARMING
Make hay while the sun shines, or when the sensors say? Will plant and agrifood research innovate to meet global consumption, or will farms change into factories, food forests or even theme parks? What crops should we be planting now for a very different future: bacon- flavoured seaweed, guinea pigs or glowing trees? FIELD TEST asks what, where and how we should grow in the coming years. Will we embrace in-vitro meat, drone tractors, and robotic ranchers or are we willing to pay more for slow, local and hand-picked? Visitors will taste and try on crops curated by artists and scientists, explore a digital farm that fits in their bedroom, and dream up the crops and farms of the future.
MORE THAN JUST LOOKING
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or the optic chiasm? Do artists really look at the world differently, or for that matter does sex, species, or attitude change what you see? SEEING will illuminate different perspectives on enhanced vision, augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and alternatives to vision. We will explore how seeing is more than just looking, and vision can be just one of the many ways of seeing. How does the brain interpret the world our eyes glimpse, and how will computers, artificial intelligence, and machines change this? Is there something special about this dominant sense, or should we trust half of what we hear and none of what we see?
DESIGN AND VIOLENCE
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH MOMA NEW YORK
What happens when design and violence collide? How can an act of creative destruction surprise us with consequences both intended and unintended? One hundred years after the Easter Rising, it’s time to reflect but also look to the future and ask what happens when creativity, art and engineering mix with power, pain and politics. DESIGN AND VIOLENCE is an exhibition developed in co- production by MoMA and Science Gallery Dublin, continuing an online curatorial experiment originally hosted by MoMA. It explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society and will feature works from the original curatorial selection alongside new works and artefacts.