Thursday, August 25, 2011
If you have the energy on Friday evening, gather up your molecules and head to downtown Atlanta to catch an acrobatic display of Emory’s research into sustainable fuel. The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in Atlanta Underground, and will help launch a city of Atlanta urban art event, Elevate: Art Above Underground, that continues through October 30.
Conceptual artists from the Seattle group Lelavision will use music, dance and kinetic sculptures to interpret research of the Emory Bio-inspired Renewable Energy Center (EBREC). Emory scientists will be on hand to answer questions about molecular evolution, and the search for sustainable fuels and the origins of life.
In a previous collaboration with Emory chemist David Lynn, Lelavision interpreted supramolecular assembly. The result, called “Evolution in a Nutshell,” can be seen in the video below.
You can also catch Lelavision in action on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1 and 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Lelavision art installation for EBREC, including a looping video, will remain on display throughout the Elevate festival.
“I hope that the art intrigues people, so that they want to learn more about the cool science research going on in their community,” says Meisa Salaita, education coordinator for the Center for Chemical Evolution. The center, based at Emory and Georgia Tech, combines high-level research with an educational outreach program.
The Lelavision performance is part of the ongoing convergence of science and art fostered by the center, with the aim of engaging the public in research.
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