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After Dark: Seeing the Unseen

bridge colorHow can tools and technologies help us “see” aspects of the environment, both natural and built, that are otherwise hidden to the human eye? And how are these new visions of landscapes - from cities to forests to oceans - supporting a new understanding of the world around us? Tonight at After Dark, learn more about cutting-edge technologies in use across science, industry, and the arts to help us better understand the world around us, protect our environment, and catch a glimpse of civilizations from the past. Then engage with projects taking a creative and sometimes speculative approach to mapping landscapes.

Just for Tonight:

Speculative Architecture: Short Films
6:00 "10:00 p.m. Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema

While LiDAR and Geographic Information System mapping (GIS) may first be thought of as tools of industry, in the hands of artists, they can be used to intriguing effect. Check out these short films that make use of these technologies:

Liam Young’s Where the City Can’t See (14 min.) is the first narrative fiction film shot entirely with laser scanners, and imagines a future city through the eyes of technological systems.

Josh Begley’s Best of Luck with the Wall (6 min.) is a voyage across the entire 1954 miles of the US-Mexico border crafted with 200,000 satellite images.

DJ Lady Ryan From Hip Hop for Change
6:30"7:45, 8:15"9:30 p.m.

Journey to Equal Rights With CyArk
6:30"9:30 p.m.

Fictional Cartography With Sean Hewens
6:30"9:30 p.m.  Osher Gallery 1

Sean Hewens makes maps that could be real. And sometimes are. But often aren’t. View a selection of Sean’s maps"both real and fictional. Chat with him about his process, which draws from historical documents, crowdsourced survey responses, and open-source data to create maps that range from functional to whimsical to intentionally misleading. Then grab a postcard to participate directly in his next fictional cartography project. 

Using Computer Vision to Build Empathy for Nature With Amanda Bullington
7:30 p.m.  Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Even on the shortest stroll through the outdoors, you can expect to encounter a broad range of plants and animals"but how many can you identify? Developed by iNaturalist, Seek is an AR app that encourages you to get outside, observe, and cultivate empathy for nature. Hear from Amanda Bullington, Seek’s lead software engineer, about how the app uses computer vision to help people identify and learn about the plants and animals they observe and encounter in situ. Then learn how Seek, as part of the broader iNaturalist ecosystem, is helping scientists better understand local landscapes"and engaging community scientists in environmental awareness.


Discussing Space, Lasers, and Wildfire Without the Conspiracy Theories With Christopher Anderson
8:30 p.m.  Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

You can learn a lot about a tree by scanning it with a laser. You can learn a lot about many trees by bolting a laser scanner to an airplane and flying over a forest. Can we learn something about every tree by launching a big laser into space? Join us for a review of how airborne and satellite technologies are being used to map forests"including vegetation fuel loads"and stay for some future speculation as to how they might help reduce our exposure to catastrophic wildfires.


Thursday, 08/12/21


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