The Science Gallery
The collision of science and art is the key DNA strand of this international success story being cloned worldwide. Starting out on the campus of Trinity College, the Gallery simply strives to demystify science in the most fun and interactive way possible. In over 5 years with 27 exhibitions and 1.3 million visitors, it has illuminated us with Lightwaves, questioned which pills we’ve taken, looked at burst bubbles whilst considering the science of desire and future of love. Now it’s on the threshold of opening a network of science galleries internationally, touring shows and facilitating more experiments and discoveries to amuse and inform us about the world we live in.
The Science Gallery is a world first. A new type of venue where today's white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. A place where ideas meet and opinions collide.
Exhibitions change on a regular basis, and opening hours change with each exhibition, so make sure to check the website to find out the current hours. We're always closed on Mondays.
Throughout each exhibition, we've got events, talks, debates and workshops, giving you a chance to get involved. Exhibitions are free and so are some events.
2013 Exhibitions are details below:
7th Feb 2013 - 14th April 2013
OSCILLATOR will explore the vibrant vibratory world of oscillators, oscillations, and feedback. Featuring everything from cyclical chemical reactions to swinging bridges, and out-of-control automated pricing schemes to weather phenomena, OSCILLATOR will draw on a diverse range of fields including chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth sciences, biology, mechanics, neurology, mathematics, logic, and the arts. Curated by Douglas Repetto, founder of Dorkbot and Director of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center.
2nd May 2013- 23rd June 2013
RISK LAB will explore our ability as humans to assess risk—from experiments in neuroscience and genetics to the mathematics of probability and risk. The latest in our ‘lab in the gallery’ series, RISK LAB will involve a series of experiments and exhibits enabling visitors to explore our inability to determine the probability of everything from a car crash to a coin toss. Curated by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, teacher and researcher in mathematics education at Trinity College Dublin and lead presenter of The Science Squad on RTÉ1.
11th July 2013- 29th August 2013
ILLUSION will be a curated, open call exhibition exploring the neuroscience and physics of illusion. Exploring the motivations and mechanics of sensory deception, ILLUSION will investigate how perception underpins how we see, feel, think and understand the world. The exhibition will seek work from a variety of fields including neuroscience, physics, computer science, medicine, design, psychology, art, mathematics, genetics and theatre. Curated by Richard Wiseman, Prof in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
24th Oct 2013- 19th Jan 2014
LIVING MACHINES will be a flagship exhibition tackling the provocative questions raised by research in the nascent field of synthetic biology. Evoking the themes of living versus non-living, human versus nature, and design versus evolution, this exhibition will include work by artists, designers, scientists and engineers that gets ‘under the hood’ of synthetic biology—exploring some of the techniques and research behind potentially ground breaking applications. Curated by Prof Anthony Dunne from RCA London and Prof Paul Freemont from Imperial College London.