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Art meets science at Crawford Art Gallery with The School of Looking

An expansive new exhibition will be visiting Cork‘s Crawford Art Gallery this year. Invisible Light is a collection of exciting artworks which explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Curious questions are posed in this fascinating exhibition; can imagine colours that we have never seen? What can we learn from X-Rays, Gamma Rays, and Infrared? And even: can a banana really create music?

Invisible Light receives its world premiere at Crawford Art Gallery before travelling to other venues, including Expo Dubai in 2021.

Through an ambitious, collaborative endeavour with Tyndall National Institute and the SFI Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC)at UCC, Invisible Light imaginatively explores the Electromagnetic Spectrum in its relationship to history, society, artistic creation, and art conservation.

The new exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery is set to inspire.

Just as we can describe the spectrum of visible light in seven colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – we can also divide the Electromagnetic Spectrum into seven zones.

The middle zone – the smallest – is the only one we call visible, but in truth, they are all visible to us now. The invention and construction of machine eyes to see all this invisible light has been a collective project since the late 19th century, and a visual revolution that has made the whole universe visible to us.

Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of visionary Irish scientist John Tyndall (1820-1893), artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly from The School of Looking have worked closely with scientists from Tyndall and IPIC, and curators at Crawford Art Gallery to imagine an exhibition that truly unites art and science.

Invisible Light shares this adventure with the public through seven newly commissioned artworks. Each one of these explores a region of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and is accompanied by seven weekly Ray Days, days of safe public engagement dedicated to each separate type of radiation.

Invisible Light receives its world premiere at Crawford Art Gallery on the 7th October – 29th November 2020) and, in 2021, will represent Ireland at the Universal Exhibition in Dubai. Entry to the exhibition is free and it is open daily.


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