How Museums Can Help the Public Make Sense of Pandemics

Sabrina Sholts

March 6, 2020

n our increasingly connected world, an outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. By presenting the scientific evidence as accessible storytelling and using real-world examples of SARS-CoV, Ebola, HIV, influenza and other zoonotic viruses, the “Outbreak” exhibition teaches that human activities such as global travel and trade, urbanization and industrialized food production are the drivers of epidemic and pandemic risks worldwide.

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Artists and scientists alike are focused on exploring the world and try to understand the universe through introspection, examination and experimentation. Their differences in perspective and methodology can lead to novel dialogue. Combining scientific exploration with creative expression offers unique opportunities for forming new knowledge, discovery and creativity. To tackle the intractable challenges of our global society requires a brand new language – a language of interdisciplinarity, interconnectedness, and intersectionality. Relational Space provides an immersive space for artistic expression and scholarly knowledge exchange with focus on Evidence-based Art: Art presented in relation to empirically supported ideas to promote transformational social change. Relational Space encourages communication and collaboration among artists, scientists, policy-makers and community activists. Our vision sees a more just and sustainable world, inspired by art and transformed through truth. 


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