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  exhibitions about information and transformation

• • • in Cambridge
Kettle's Yard
the Whipple Museum of the History of Science
the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
January 22 - March 26 2000

The Fitzwilliam Museum
January 18 - April 16

• • • in London
the Wellcome Trust's Two10 Gallery, Euston Road
January 27- May 19 2000

welcome to n01se

n01se is a set of connected exhibitions of art and science . . . about human communication . . . about information and transformation . . . about the sounds of colours and the shape of a taste . . . about recognising pattern . . . and the quest for a universal language.

Digital technology . . . according to the ads . . . promises escape from the incoherence and decay of our contemporary world . . . the means of ordering, preserving and transmitting information . . . open access and use . . . no scratches, no crackles or pops.

n01se showcases and questions the digital, reclaiming its antecedents . . . from Noah's attempts to produce a new world order . . . to aboriginal sand painting . . . to Robert Hooke's microscopic dot . . . to Braille and Morse . . . to Charles Babbage's Difference Engine . . . and the brain that conceived it.

Now . . . through digital technology . . . we can ‘see' the universe . . . the world without clouds . . . the surface of an atom . . . and the movement of a cosmic ray. But what are we seeing? . . . And how does this digital world relate to the untidy world we live in?

Enter the land of ‘The Preacher and the Chorus' . . . a world of ‘Talking Heads' . . . a universe of ‘Disinformation' . . . and find out how to say milk in a hundred different languages!

 

n01se & catalogue

n01se has been devised by artist, Adam Lowe, and, historian of science, Simon Schaffer.
They have also edited the book of the show which includes contributions by Umberto Eco, Peter Galison, Lisa Jardine, Bruno Latour and Malcolm Longair.
£9.95 + (£2 p&p in the UK, please contact for overseas) from Kettle's Yard -
cheques made payable to ‘The University of Cambridge'.

Send to:
n01se catalogue, Kettle's Yard, Castle Street. Cambridge CB3 0AQ


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