Science Gallery Bengaluru

Science Gallery Bengaluru presents its first online exhibition-season, ‘CONTAGION’ that explores the infectious nature of not only diseases but also emotions, behaviours and information. Showcased in collaboration with Robert Koch Institute, the Indian National Science Academy, and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, the exhibition will run full steam up to 13 June 2021, and with reduced programming until 31 December 2021. Curated by Danielle Olsen, International Cultural Producer at the Wellcome Trust, and Jahnavi Phalkey, Founding Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru, CONTAGION features 16 interactive exhibits and more than 40 live programmes that seek to reduce the distance between human and natural sciences, arts and technology, breaking down barriers between research and the public.   

Science Gallery Bengaluru is a not-for-profit public institution for research-based engagement targeted at young adults. The Science Gallery work at the interface between the natural and human sciences, engineering and the arts through ever-changing exhibitions and mentorship programmes. SGB is established with the founding support of the Government of Karnataka and three academic partners – Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Sciences, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. It is a member of the Global Science Gallery Network with sister galleries in Atlanta, Berlin, Detroit, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Venice.

 Through the themes of Trigger, Transmission, Spillover and Hindsight, the 16 exhibits trace various outbreaks through a multidisciplinary lens - ‘A Cluster of 17 Cases’ explores the night of 21 February 2003 in the Metropole Hotel, Hong Kong, the epicentre of the global SARS outbreak; ‘Mapping Cholera : A Tale of Two Cities’ maps cholera outbreaks in both New York City and Port-au-Prince; plagues are visited in the interactive ‘Drawing the Bombay Plague’; ‘Fluid Dialogues’ presents the life experiences of HIV positive individuals addressing the stigma around it.  

The exhibition also captures the transmission of emotions in ‘When The World Was a Laugh’ and ‘The Chameleon Project’. Other exhibits demystify the spread of fake news, showcase catchy computer viruses from the 80s and the 90s, and explore global anxieties in the current scenario.  

“Living with Covid-19 has highlighted our connectedness and the importance of nurturing international collaboration. We very much hope CONTAGION – with its wonderful range of voices and perspectives – provides an opportunity for all to make meaningful sense of these uncertain times.” – Danielle Olsen, International Cultural Producer, Wellcome Trust.

“CONTAGION presents a multiplicity of voices to better understand our collective experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. Knowledge about the unfolding situation is being revised rapidly for more than twelve months. After all, how do ideas, behaviours and diseases spread and to what consequences? We open doors to research, to creative responses, and hands-on activities that will help us all formulate relevant questions as we make our way through this demanding moment.” – Jahnavi Phalkey, Founding Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru.

Exhibits are the starting point for Science Gallery Bengaluru’s programme for CONTAGION and audiences are invited to view the films and participate in discussions, masterclasses, workshops, events, and a live research project. Carefully curated audio and reading material, an activity handbook, and various online games allow the audience to delve into the topics of their choice even further. CONTAGION also showcases audience responses to the participatory programmes conducted in the run-up to the exhibition titled Through Your Eyes and In Your Words.   

The exhibition is shaped with the advice of a multidisciplinary panel of scholars consisting of historian of medicine Sanjoy Bhattacharya, virologist Shahid Jameel and physicist/biologist Mukund Thattai. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, launched the exhibition. The closing lecture will be delivered by Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom. Science Gallery Bengaluru is a dynamic platform at the intersection of science, culture and experimentation and is open to all curious minds.

CONTAGION can be viewed for free and is available in both English and Kannada - 

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