Who are the artists?
Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly are Irish artists, who are also husband and wife. They are interested in the art and science of looking and they call themselves the School of Looking. See www.schooloflooking.org
When was the exhibition?
October - November 2020
What does the title Invisible Light mean?
Scientists have discovered many forms of invisible light, these forms of light make up the electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, infrared light (‘heat radiation’) cannot be seen by people, but it can be seen by snakes. Ultraviolet light (which can cause sunburn) is invisible to us, but not to bees.
So what was the exhibition about?
The short answer is art and science; the electromagnetic spectrum.
The artists worked to imaginatively explore the electromagnetic spectrum, they wanted to bring art and science together to create artworks. They are self-described ‘science nerds'.
The exhibition Invisible Light presented 8 artworks which each investigated a different form of invisible light, from the mysterious gamma ray to the familiar radio wave. The artists collaborated with scientist researchers in the Tyndall Institute University College Cork to create the artwork. The exhibition was funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland, because they are interested in different ways that people can learn more about science apart from textbooks and they are keen to promote science to a wide audience.
How did Covid 19 restrictions affect the exhibition?
Audience participation is very important to the School of Looking artists and much of their artwork is designed to be interactive. For example, one of the artworks in the exhibition called a Sense of Heat used an infrared camera and only worked when people stood directly in front of the camera so that their own infrared image was projected on a screen.
New rules around social distance and sanitising meant that the artists had to modify the artwork displayed. The artists had planned for an exhibition space that echoed a workshop or laboratory, so that people could test, touch and experiment with forms of invisible light and ways of seeing within the gallery space.
What is a virtual exhibition?
An exhibition that you can explore on screen using a computer or phone over the internet, but not physically visiting a gallery.
How was the gallery exhibition Invisible Light made virtual?
More to think about!
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