地點與空間:圖映科學 Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

對地圖與空間有興趣的朋友,四月三日在紐約公共圖書館有一個活動很值得參加。我是因為買書而收到社群提供的資訊,它讓我想到所謂的「資料庫美學」(database aesthetics)或者資料庫分析的文本意義。將科學發展對應到實體地點,然後再觀察這些空間上的改變,如何再傳遞回原本地理上的研發中心。這類型的分析其實並不複雜,溯其本甚至可以回到哲學範疇的基本向度。老電影迷熟知的影響雜誌就曾經做過「波坦金戰艦」或者其他經典影片的時空分析圖,只是對應的方式有些微的不同:一個是實體的科學發展,一個是虛擬的電影時間-經驗。一些相當突出的科學研究,例如披著狼皮的 cyborg 達人 Donna Haraway 女士就曾經以性別的向度、以靈長類研究的觀點來分析靈長類學者(是的,他們無論男女也都是靈長類動物)的虛擬家族關係及其研究。表象看起來是可以梭巡瀏覽的科學時空分析,骨子裡其實是科學研究(science study)透過地理/空間向度來作為表徵。只是這些增加地理/空間向度的分析,總是容易帶來奇觀與讚嘆。人類真是視覺的動物啊。

如果你在紐約,不妨過去看看 😛

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 01:14:59 -0500
From: Katy Borner
To: martin dodge
Subject: Invitation: Opening Reception of the “Places & Spaces: Mapping
Science" exhibit at NYPL on 4/3/06

You are invited to join the Opening Reception of the Places & Spaces:
Mapping Science exhibit at the Science, Industry and Business Library of
The New York Public Library, New York, NY on Monday, April 3, 2006,
6:00-7:30pm.

WHAT: Today, the word “science" encompasses myriad arenas of physical
and abstract inquiry. This unique exhibition, at the Healy Hall in
midtown Manhattan, uses innovative mapping techniques to physically show
what and where science is today, how different branches of science
relate to each other and where different branches of study are heading,
where cutting edge science is erupting as archipelagos in the oceans of
the yet unknown – and – how it all relates back to the physical centers
of research. The world of science is turned into a navigable landscape
.

Modern mapping imagery has come a long way from Ptolemy. In this
stimulating show compelling for all ages and backgrounds, audiences will
both visually and tactilely uncover how contemporary scientific thought
has expanded. Such visualization of scientific progress is approached
through computer-generated relationships, featured on large panels as
well through the collaboration of New York based artists W. Bradford
Paley, Digital Image Design Incorporated and Columbia University and
Ingo Gunther with renowned scientist from the field of scientonometrics:
Eugene Garfield, Henry Small, André Skupin, Steven A. Morris, Kevin W.
Boyack and Dick Klavans.

Scientists will be stimulated, students and teachers encouraged, and the
general public fascinated by this multi-layered accessible approach to
the worlds of modern scientific thought.

————–

WHEN: On Display April 3rd – August 31th, 2006 | Exhibit Opening is on
April 3rd, 2006, 6-7:30pm

WHERE: Healey Hall
at the Science, Industry and Business Library of The New York Public Library
188 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 592-7000

For information about this exhibit, please see:
http://vw.indiana.edu/places&spaces/nypl
http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/exhib/sibl/uelistsibl.cfm (online
exhibit available here)
http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/imagesexhib/places.pdf (exhibit
brochure in PDF)

Enjoy,
Dr. Katy Börner , Indiana University,
Bloomington, IN <katy @indiana.edu >
Deborah MacPherson , Accuracy&Aesthetics,
Washington, D.C. <debmacp @gmail.com >
(Exhibit Curators)

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