Cosmos Archaeology 宇宙考古

Cosmos Archaeology, Exploring the Universe through Art and Science: Swissnex in China Collaborates on a Captivating New Exhibition Blending Art and Science

Swissnex in China has collaborated with EPFL Pavilions from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and the Shanghai Astronomy Museum to launch a unique exhibition that showcases the wonders of the cosmos. The exhibition will be open from May 18 to September 17, 2024, offering visitors an immersive experience that brings the vastness of astrophysics data into tangible reality. Each installation within the exhibition presents a unique perspective on our understanding of the universe and invites visitors to become cosmic archaeologists, unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos.

Introduction of the exhibition

Presented by Shanghai Astronomy Museum and EPFL Pavilions in collaboration with Swissnex in China, Cosmos Archaeology will bring the latest international achievements at the intersection of art and astronomy to domestic audiences.

Melding art and science, Cosmos Archaeology reveals the depths of the Universe through physical, perceptual and sensory interaction. Harnessing technologies of immersive and interactive visualization and the visual arts, the exhibition transformed the most complex astrophysical data into sounds and images that everyone can experience and understand.

The artworks featured in "Cosmos Archaeology" primarily result from the close collaboration between the humanities and astronomy. It embodies a profound fusion of artistic expression and scientific inquiry, nurturing an international discourse from a celestial vantage point.

The exhibition is co-curated by Sarah Kenderdine from EPFL’s Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) and EPFL Pavilions, Jean-Paul Kneib from EPFL’s Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO), and independent Chinese curator Iris Long. It highlights collaborations between artists and prominent astronomical projects, including the MUST Telescope from Tsinghua University and the Chinese SKA Science Projects led by the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory.

The overall goal of this project is to create a platform over several months that inspires the general public about space science and facilitates in-depth dialogues and workshops between international experts on the topics of experimental museology and sustainable space. Moreover, it provides a glimpse into the latest advancements in space science research from both Switzerland and China.

This exhibition is generously supported by Beijing Yuanzhen Culture Co., Ltd, Presence Switzerland, the Department of Astronomy at Tsinghua University, the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Swissnex in China.

Swissnex in China, serving as the bridge connecting Switzerland and China in the frontier fields of science and innovation, initiated the project to showcase the aforementioned exhibition at the Shanghai Astronomy Museum. Swissnex invited Chinese curator Iris Long to curate a brand-new exhibition in China to complement the existing exhibits and engage in dialogue with the original works. Cosmos Archaeology demonstrates the seamless integration of science and arts disciplines, facilitating interdisciplinary exchange and partnership, and showcasing a robust collaboration between Switzerland and China.


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