Science with an artistic approach in the Palau Robert

Tree of Life. The complexity of life: from the cell to a living organism" is an exhibition which will reveal, for the first time in Barcelona, images produced by scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). The aim of the show is to raise awareness not only of the research conducted at the Centre, but also of the beauty and singularity of those images.

The exhibition offers us the opportunity to actively reflect on science and art, two aspects of human creativity seemingly separated and unconnected to each other. But they subtly interact more often than we imagine.

At the CRG living processes are studied at all levels, from the smallest elements like molecules, organelles and cells, to tissues and organs, and right up to entire organisms. It is precisely this sequence, which governs the exhibition and allows you to be led through it. This is why the images are organised into three large blocks: The cell | Tissues and organs | Organisms.

The main objective of the exhibition is to share with the general public not only the knowledge that is generated at the centre, but also to highlight the connection between science and art, two disciplines that share methods based on experimentation and which pursue the transmission of knowledge. 

As part of the exhibition, visitors can also “play” with the images using the app CRG Memory Game, with touchscreen tablets provided by Hewlett-Packard. The app, developed by the CRG, thanks to the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), is based on the classic matching pairs game and uses images from the exhibition. After the game, the users can access a description of each of the photos they have been playing with.

In addition, in a side room there are 4 microscopes given by Leica Microsystems, where it is foreseen that several microscope workshops will be held, aimed at schools and the general public, to explain basic biological concepts and the research carried out at the CRG. The workshops will help people understand the exhibition better, as well as how the images in it were obtained. For online registration to the microscopy workshops go  here.

Further information: Palau Robert

Publication date: Friday, 05 September 2014
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