Collecting the Cosmos
Doheny Memorial Library 240
It’s not every day that you hunt for planets inside a library. Dramatizing NASA’s search for planets outside our solar system, Dan Goods' art installation Hidden Lightsimulates the process by which astronomers look for Earth-like objects throughout the galaxy by spotting the dimming of a star’s light as a planet crosses in front of it. Explore the intersections of scientific knowledge and artistic innovation with Goods of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and David Delgadi, also of JPL, as well as USC professors Clifford Johnson (Physics and Astronomy) and Holly Willis (Institute for Multimedia Literacy). A panel discussion will consider how the arts help us interpret the cosmos and how the sciences are transforming the arts. Following the panel discussion, the USC Libraries will host a reception of the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library, where Hidden Light will be on display along with rare items tracing the history of astronomy and interactive simulations of otherworldly exploration.
Organized by the USC Libraries and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.