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Cosmos Archaeology

Explorations in Time and Space


Turning data into sound and images, Cosmos Archaeology embraces the scientific, artistic and human dimensions of space to transform the impenetrable abstractions of astrophysics into sensory and emotional experiences.

Cosmos Archaeology: Explorations in Time and Space transcends the frontiers of art and science to render tangible the terabytes of abstract astrophysics data that constitute the human knowledge of the Universe. Fruit of a collaboration between EPFL’s Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) and the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), the exhibition presents a series of installations in diverse mediums, from interactive real-time data to spherical visualization, and from immersive sound and video to 3D film, through to ceramics and kinetic sculpture. In their unique approaches, the 19 projects presented in the exhibition provide innovative ways to access the space-time continuum and plunge us into the depths and the history of the Universe, making us all archaeologists of the cosmos.