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Portraiture on the intersection of artwork, science, and society » MIT Physics

Exhibit at MIT’s Koch Institute makes an attempt to make seen the luminary personalities behind main scientific and engineering advances.

“For me, this mission is about making science seen in society,” says Herlinde Koelbl, a famend German picture artist whose portrait sequence, “Fascination of Science,” is now on show at MIT. 

Koelbl set herself the purpose to {photograph} scientists and to point out their motivation, influences, and methods of considering — by the eyes of an artist. The portraits juxtapose the themes’ faces with scientific ideas, recommendation, or reflections playfully inscribed on their palms. Individually, every image or phrase speaks to the researcher’s private quest for information — all the things from nucleotide base pairings and “be taught from failures!” to “make malaria historical past!” and a crusing vessel beset by sea creatures — however collectively, the broad sweep of disciplines and backgrounds represented within the portraits reveals the interconnectedness of the scientific endeavor throughout establishments, geography, and material.  

The MIT venue for Koelbl’s work is the Public Galleries of the Koch Institute for Integrative Most cancers Analysis, a analysis middle that mixes MIT’s wealthy traditions of interdisciplinary inquiry and technological innovation with discovery-based organic analysis to develop new insights, instruments, and applied sciences to combat most cancers.

Via Koelbl’s lens, MIT’s “thoughts and hand” motto is made seen, together with the variety of concepts that gas society’s collective fascination with science. The exhibit consists of portraits of MIT scientists Sangeeta Bhatia, Ed Boyden, Sallie “Penny” Chisholm, Wolfgang Ketterle, Robert Langer, and Robert Weinberg, together with different internationally acclaimed scientists equivalent to George Church, Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier, and 2022 Nobel laureate Carolyn Bertozzi. 

Guests are welcome to view Koelbl’s work on the Koch Institute’s Public Galleries (open to the general public on weekdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) by Jan. 27.  

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