Exhibition Conversation: Interstellar Aesthetics and Acts of Translation in Art and Science

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023 6 – 7 pm

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60201

How do astronomers and artists translate data into images...and how do these translations shape the meaning of the cosmos in the public imagination?

The breathtaking images produced by the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes are no ordinary snapshots. To produce these sublime cosmic vistas, astronomers filter raw data into colors and configurations that guide the viewer’s understanding, making creative decisions in the service of scientific communication.

In this dialogue on “interstellar aesthetics,” artist Dario Robleto will join Elizabeth Kessler, exhibition catalogue contributor and Lecturer in American Studies, Stanford University, and Shane Larson, Northwestern Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)