The Science of Illusion
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Can you imagine the science behind an invisibility cloak? What about a hovering hologram? The Science of Illusion pushes beyond the boundaries of the real and provides insights into how magical thinking drives technological innovation and the human imagination.
Guests are invited to view the exhibition “Holography: The Light Fantastic” from 5-6, panel begins at 6 PM.
Robert Lepage, MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts recipient
Professor George Barbastathis, Singapore Research Professor of Optics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor Graham Jones, MIT Anthropology
Seth Riskin, Manager, Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging Initiative at the MIT Museum
Moderator: John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology & Society Program.
Multidisciplinary media and performance artist Robert Lepage, recipient of the 2012 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, has spent his distinguished career exploring technology that enhances storytelling and stagecraft, circus performance and architectural illuminations, filmmaking, urban projections, and more. Join him along with a group of MIT researchers for an evening of discussion and demonstrations about the art and science of illusion.
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MIT Artists in Residence
The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT recognizes rising, innovative talents and offers its recipient an $80,000 cash prize and a campus residency.
The Visiting Artists Program brings internationally acclaimed artists to engage with MIT’screative community in ways that are mutually enlightening for the artists and faculty, students, and research staff at the Institute.