There is no doubt that Astronomy draws you in because of it’s beauty. Any astrophotographer will tell you that creating their images is an art form in itself, getting the image just right to bring out the features, to make it look real, to make the colours aesthetically pleasing. A balance of the science and beauty. But then, let us explore what an artist can do to an astronomical image and the results are simply stunning!
Daniel Armstrong from Deakin University and his amazing students have prepared a wondrous installation of their artwork. Presented in the Welcome Room on the Lower Ground Floor, we encourage you to enter this darkened space, relax and observe as these amazing images transform your perception of space. Please see a full list of all of the artists below, some of whom will be at AstroLight.
Art In Science
Daniel Armstrong presents installation art, which explores the lens as a means of expanding our view of the celestial. The invention of the lens and its application to the telescope at the beginning of the 17th century in Europe transformed the way in which we observed the heavens and changed forever how we see our place in the universe. The works titled Astro Optical bring together the lens as a magnifying instrument, celestial light and the eye of the viewer in an immersive vision of morphing images from the world of astronomy.
Daniel will also be giving a talk in the Energy Lab to discuss some of the relationships between astronomy and art and also address the work presented in the Welcome Room by the students and himself. Daniel has exhibited his work all over the world including last year’s Sky Lab exhibit in Brunswick and the current exhibit in Bendigo, Kepler’s Dream.
New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science is a unit of study within the Bachelor of Creative Arts – Photography course at Deakin University. Students create images ranging from the microscopic to the telescopic while exploring notions of time and space bringing together art and science to make New Worlds. The emphasis is on lens-based technology as both scientific instrument and artistic medium. These art works present a range of poetic responses to space and light through photography and video installation. Time-lapse imagery, science fictions, extrasolar planets, drawing with starlight and more will immerse the viewer in visions of the night sky and the imagining of things which lie beyond.
Deakin Students: New Worlds
Jade Sproule, Yiting Jin, Rachel Atkinson, Emily Koene, Lewis Miller, Madison Millier, Adam Masci, Melissa Mansfield, Yoshua Kelvin, Mark Davies, Norma Pearse, Cluadia Costa, Jenna Rose, Mathew Fisher, Katie Banakh
Check the Program page for the full schedule.