Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, Mapping Time: Harmonic Studies for Vera Rubin

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March 31 – April 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7-10pm

Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh

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Mapping Time: Harmonic Studies for Vera Rubin is a series of drawings and sound works dedicated to the astronomical theories of dark matter. Vera Rubin was a prolific astrophysicist who confirmed dark matter by studying galactic rotation curves, and passed away this past December 2016. Through her research, artist Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh used different processes of data visualization, creating four large-scale graphs inspired by historical and cultural practices in cartography.

These graphs were then translated into sound using digital audio programs, using percussive instruments such as vibraphones, bells and drums, which accompany the drawings.

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