Temple of Science
Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas
The primary aim of the Temple of Science, which served as my MFA thesis project, was to open up a dialogue about religion, science, academia, and epistemology in modern society. Two objectives accompanied this aim:
Installation, performance, and digital media all played a role in the Temple of Science. The gallery space was converted into a church interior, complete with a chemistry lab table as an altar and Bunsen-burner candles. An online portal provided information about the Temple and its rituals, and active outreach was conducted on social media prior to and during the exhibition. At the exhibition opening, I assumed the role of Magister and High Priestess to lead a half-hour participatory liturgy to the worship of Science. The exhibition closed with a peer-review panel discussion in the gallery, featuring experts from the fields of art, science, and religion.
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