The Peale presents “Chamber of Wonders” where an artist and marine biologist have collaborated to present a delightful multi-media exhibition opening December 14. Several galleries will display a series of hands-on installations that tell the invisible stories of living microbes under the surface of the Chesapeake Bay. The artworks explore the social and poetic relationship between humans and non-humans, especially invisible critters affecting our everyday lives. Photography, drawings, and objects with hand-made assemblages are integrated in experimental multi-media forms of live microbes, augmented reality [AR] and animation that’s informed live conditions streaming in from the nearby Chesapeake Bay water.
Visitors will see animated Chesapeake Bay microbes, talk to real bioluminescent ones and experience how artists use live Bay conditions [data] to tell stories in several installations. Projects include “Under the Bay” presented for the first time as a mixed reality project and “What is the Shape of Water?” where viewers are invited to talk to ancient microbes or ask questions such as ‘what is the shape of water?’ and the excited critters will answer in turbulent shapes of blue light! New and related works will also be on display, including screenings of short films and a documentary by the artist and scientist on the topic.
This family friendly exhibition will challenge and delight curious citizens and experts of all ages. To listen to the project podcast, download the AR app or to learn more on the projects go to lisamoren.com.