Science invades the exhibition halls

Photo Courtesy: Ivan Kletecka

From earthquakes to planets, passing through satellites, autism and digital art, the Science in the City Festival offers more than 25 exhibitions located in some of the most beautiful venues in Trieste and in other towns in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

For those interested in caves, the outer space and Antarctica, a must see is the “Xtreme: Life in Extreme Environments” exhibition, which will be held at Magazzino delle Idee from the 29th of August to 11th of October. Organised by ERPaC (Regional Authority for Cultural Heritage), INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide “Felice Ippolito” of the University of Trieste and the Federazione Speleologica Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, this exhibition explores the hidden links between Astrobiology, Speleology and the research in Antarctica. Stunning pictures, old relics from previous expeditions and detailed scale models will reveal how these worlds are being studied since the 19th century and how research is performed nowadays. The exhibition illustrates how life, and especially human life, thrives in there extreme conditions.

The Xtreme exhibition will be enriched by several conferences held by experts of “extreme environments”, such as Francesco Sauro and Jo de Waele, both professors at the University of Bologna and consultants for the ESA astronauts training projects – CAVES and Pangaea –, Stefano Polato, chef for the International Space Station and a virtual tour of the Concordia Research Station in Antarctica.

Just as fascinating are two exhibitions organized by the Historical Museum and Park of the Miramare Castle: “The science of vision. Photography and optical instruments at the time of Maximilian of Habsburg” (from the 2nd of June to the 13th of September) and “Marcello Dudovich (1878-1962) Photography between art and Passion” (from the 10th of July 2020 to 10th of January 2021). Still considering some of the most beautiful locations in Trieste, from the 22nd of August on, Piazza Unità d’Italia will host “Code of the Universe”, a travelling photographic exhibition on a large scale particle collider organised by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The Science in the City festival comprises also exhibitions that focus on the relationship between art and health. “TACT&ART – Notes from Underground – A Pandemic Chronicle displays what the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic represented for several Italian artists. “Inside AUT”, organized by Progetto Riabilitazione, aims at representing what people affected by autism would show us if they were the ones to select the images of real and/or fantasy forms and concepts. Finally, CasaViola – Associazione de Banfield presents “A path of no-memory. REFLEXUS, a glance at the old age”, an exhibition that provides a new vision of the oldest people going back to their past.

The Science in the City Festival offers also exhibitions where art and science meet, such as “My pùpoli. Gaetano Kanizsa scientist and artist”, that will take place at Museo Revoltella to celebrate Gaetano Kanizsa, one of the most relevant Italian scholars for the experimental psychology of the XX century. Organized by The University of Trieste, the exhibition will open on the 26th of August and will last until the end of September. Other exhibitions are “Naturografie”, organized by the cultural Association Cizerouno and the EContemporary Gallery; “Physics&Arts against CO2 - The Linear Mirror and the Closed Cycle of Biomasses”, an exhibition on renewable energies organized by the University of Udine; “Earthquake! Terremoto! Potres!”, a philatelic exhibition by Spazio Filatelia delle Poste Italiane; “From the Telegraph to the Satellite” on the evolution of communication at the Museo Postale e Telegrafico della Mitteleuropa di Poste Italiane; “Neuro_revolution”, on how the new technologies affect the human mind and behaviours (organized by AiR Trieste) and “Cathedral Effect” where some of the basics of the natural sciences are investigated and represented through art.

All the information regarding the exhibitions in the Science in the City Festival programme can be found here 

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