Round Table on Visual Culture in Astronomy
February 28, 2018
Robert Lamontagne, professor at Université de Montréal and director of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic
Jason Rowe, professor at Bishop’s University and Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planet Astrophysics
Jean-Pierre Aubé, artist in art/science residency at Sporobole Art Centre, in collaboration with the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic
Bettina Forget, director of Visual Voice Gallery and artist in art/science residency at the SETI Institute.
The Foreman Art Gallery will usher in 2018 with a federative project that nods to the Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve and regional astrophysics research. The exhibition Parallax-e probes the emergence of a new astronomical sublime informed by advances in optical and digital technologies, scientific projections and evolving aesthetic conventions.
In the context of the exhibition, the Foreman Art Gallery organises a round table themed on visual culture in astronomy on February 28 at 7 PM in the Centennial Theatre Lobby (Bishop’s University).
The round table will be a bilingual and cross-disciplinary event, setting an encounter between two French and two English speakers, two astrophysicists and two artists. The idea is to cover the spectrum of issues concerning visual culture in astronomy, as seen by astrophysicists and contemporary artists. The conversation will cover some concepts in astronomy, the role of technology, data visualization and aesthetics.
The round table will be co-mediated by Guillaume Poulin, scientific communicator at the Astrolab du Mont Mégantic and Gentiane Bélanger, director of the Foreman Art Gallery and curator of the Parallax-e exhibition. This event is organized in partnership with Sporobole Art Centre and the Astrolab du Mont-Mégantic.