Science Gallery Dublin is a sometimes-forgotten but very worthwhile free attraction in Dublin’s City Centre. I’m not sure what to call it besides attraction. Is it a museum? An art exhibit? An interactive educational showcase? Well, it’s all three.
The Science Gallery has a rotating showroom with themed displays changing every few months. We’ve caught every one since we found out about the gallery more than a year ago, and they have all been fascinating. Mixing traditional hard science and modern art, the creative (and often hands-on) displays at the gallery showcase a specific issue or theme related to physics, biology, chemistry, climate science, and any other field of modern research.
Artists, inspired by the theme, create unique works demonstrating a trend or theory relating to it, with always-interesting results.
Until January 23rd, the theme is Blood*, and the exhibit is definitely worth a visit before it closes.
— Cory—Five Suitcases (@HansonCory1) January 19, 2015
In addition to the blood type test, the exhibit has some very interesting crowdsourced art installations like a fingerprint and pulse monitor that captures fingerprint images and displays them in a room-sized projected mosaic. Each fingerprint flashes at the pulse rate of the participant when the image was captured, creating a huge, colorful, and somewhat psychedelic effect. Think about it: this art piece was created by thousands of humans, their fingerprints, and their heartbeat patterns.
Also of interest was the bio rhythm jukebox. Participants placed a fingertip on a sensor that measured pulse rate and oxygen density to make a guess at the person’s age. Once an age was determined, a song that was popular during that person’s teenage years and at a tempo matching that person’s pulse rate was selected from a database. This could be one of the first steps in machines learning more and more about our preferences based on our physiology. Creepy, but very interesting.
Many more interesting pieces are now on display, but only until January 23rd, 2015. After that, be on the lookout for Lifelogging Lab, beginning February 13.
Science Gallery Dublin is on the northeast corner of the Trinity College Dublin campus. The entrance is near the corner of Pease Street and Westland Row. Check their visit page for further directions and exhibit opening hours and schedule.
*Blood is recommended for age 15+