Event: University Collections at McCalla Hosts Opening Reception for “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” Exhibit on June 6, 2024 at Indiana University

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Bloomington, IN — University Collections at McCalla will celebrate the opening of its new exhibition, “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science,” on Thursday, June 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The exhibition features maps that visualize scientific data in aesthetically creative ways, aiming to introduce the public to mapping technologies and their practical applications. The event is free, but registration is encouraged.

Curated by the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University, located at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the exhibit inspires cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate scholarly activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Their mission is to advance datasets, tools, and services for the study of biomedical, social, and behavioral science; physics; and other networks.

Maps on display cover a wide range of topics, including science fiction, physics, and the federal budget. One featured map, “History of Science Fiction” by Ward Shelley, outlines the evolution of science fiction through the intriguing form of a bug-eyed monster whose tentacles trace the genre’s roots to centuries-old fantastical stories and mythology. Another map, “Being a Map of Physics” by Bernard Porter, charts the history of physics from the 6th century B.C. to the present day. “Death and Taxes 2009” by Jess Bachman offers a striking visual representation of the programs and departments funded by the federal discretionary budget.

In addition to the maps, the exhibit will include a hands-on VR experience titled “Lateral Thinking Gone VR: Enabling Geospatial and Topical Insights in VR.” This experience uses data to visualize the rise of different kinds of social media and allows users to learn about the Querdenken movement, a German group whose discourse and rebellion emerged in protest of the German government’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.

The mission of University Collections at McCalla is to provide accessible exhibition and educational experiences, creating opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to engage with collections, IU-generated research, and creative projects in meaningful and innovative ways.

Visit University Collections at McCalla.

Event Details:

  • What: “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” Opening Reception
  • When: Thursday, June 6, 2024, 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: University Collections at McCalla, 525 E. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Cost: Free (registration encouraged)

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