Adrian Van Allen
Anthropology design art about contact
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TITLE: Mapping Science : ROME
DATE: ongoing (2011-2015)

Website with downloable maps, interactive 3D model of paths through the city, and papercraft models of scientific tools

A multimedia project which combines art, design, and an anthropology of science. Three pathways move through the layers of scientific history in Rome: ‘Observing’ connects a panopticon prison with early microscope slides, and recasts St.Peter’s Square as an astronomical instrument; ‘Collecting’ explores the many exotic and mundane collections in Rome including a recreation of an alchemists lab in a medical museum and the worm-tunneled bibles in the Institute for Book Pathology; ‘Comparing’ turns to the scientific process of weighing collected evidence, looking at Fermi’s radiation shields and a 17th century cabinet of curiosity.