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Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

A Glimpse of Mars Through Fractured Illusion: The Materiality of the Stereo Image

Today’s guest blog is by Luci Eldridge from the Royal College of Art. She’ll be talking at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference, looking at perceptions of the planet Mars gained through stereo-imaging.  Drawing connections between art historical examples and contemporary representational practices in science, my paper for Ways of Seeing will…

Astro Art: cosmic bodies and our solar system

In this new Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year-inspired blog post about astronomically-themed objects from the Museum’s collections, I am looking at planets and other cosmic bodies in our solar system. Celestial globes, armillary spheres and orreries are not only useful astronomical tools; they can also be objects of astounding…

Astro Art: Moon and Sun

   Astronomy,Fine Art ,,,,   March 19, 2015  Comments Off on Astro Art: Moon and Sun

In the last couple of blog entries, I have looked at some fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection, using the categories of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition as a guide. Prompted by tomorrow’s  solar eclipse, I am tackling two (new) categories at once, the Moon and the Sun, mankind’s…

Astro Art: Skyscapes

Until the fairly recent advent – or wider use – of photography, astronomers had to rely on artists (or indeed use their own artistic skills!) to record the objects they observed, and disseminate these images to fellow scientists and the public alike. Stimulated by the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the…