The Science of Illusion

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5pm-7:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Science of Illusion


5:00pm Private viewing of the exhibition Holography: The Light Fantastic
6:00pm Panel discussion with Robert Lepage and MIT researchers

MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Produced in partnership with the Cambridge Science Festival

Can you imagine the science behind an invisibility cloak? What about a hovering hologram? The Science of Illusion pushes beyond the boundaries of the real and provides insights into how magical thinking drives technological innovation and the human imagination.

Multidisciplinary media and performance artist Robert Lepage, recipient of the 2012 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, has spent his distinguished career exploring technology that enhances storytelling and stagecraft, circus performance and architectural illuminations, filmmaking, urban projections, and more. Join him along with a group of MIT researchers for an evening of discussion and demonstrations about the art and science of illusion.

Panel: MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts recipient Robert Lepage; Professor George Barbastathis, Singapore Research Professor of Optics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Assistant Professor Graham Jones, MIT Anthropology; Seth Riskin, Manager, Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging Initiative at the MIT Museum; and moderator, John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program.

Related event:
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5pm

Technology in Stagecraft and Storytelling
Robert Lepage in dialogue with Peter Gelb, General Manager, Metropolitan Opera
MIT Kresge Auditorium | 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Free and open to the public

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