Touring Exhibitions

"SEEING is believing – installations will blow your mind at Science Gallery. Seriously, this is not to be missed!" – Lovin Dublin

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or the optic chiasm? Do artists really look at the world differently, or for that matter does sex, species, or attitude change what you see? Is vision just one way to see? How do our brains interpret what’s in front of our eyes? How do machines understand what they’re looking at, and will they change how we look at the world?

SEEING illuminates different perspectives on enhanced vision, augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and alternatives to vision. We explore how seeing is more than just looking, and vision can be just one of the many ways of seeing. How does the brain interpret the world our eyes glimpse, and how will computers, artificial intelligence, and machines change this? Is there something special about this dominant sense, or should we trust half of what we hear and none of what we see?

At SEEING, we tackle the complex sensory experience of vision and perception, and illuminate optics, perspective, and comprehension. SEEING explores the subjectivity of sight, the other senses that shape our view of the world, and the unexpected parallels between human and machine vision.  

— Machine vision, AI
— Facial recognition
— Visual Impairment
— Colour-blindness
— Emotions, empathy

A loss of sight exposes the act of seeing, as we explore new sensory modalities to construct our mental models, co-opting other senses and pushing our imagination to its limits. Optical illusions and artworks expose some of the mental machinery of seeing, giving us a glimpse into the artifice and illusion that our brains use to construct a working model of the world. Through the experience of SEEING the visitor is given the opportunity to appreciate the heightened perception of artists, radiologists and other experts who can see into the hidden depths of imagery allowing us to extract new meaning and augment our own understanding of this extraordinary sense.

Scroll around the 360° tour of SEEING below, filmed when it was exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin.

The SEEING microsite has further information about all of the SEEING exhibits from the Dublin showing.

A curatorial team consisting of neuroscientists, artists and researchers selected 24 projects from the open call submissions which best fit with the overall vision of SEEING and the key concepts we wished to explore. The curators of SEEING included:

— Gerry Lacey, Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin
— Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroaesthetics, University College London
— Kate Coleman, Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic Surgeon
— Lynn Scarff, Science Gallery Dublin Director

— Footprint: ~4500 sq. ft.
— Ceiling height: Minimum 10ft.
— Environment: 65-68°f / 18-20°c
— Dwell time: Approximately 1 hour
— Power needs: c.30 amps
— Set up time: ~8 days
— Take down time: ~6 days
— Delivery / pick up time: ~2 hours
— Science Gallery team supplied: 2 x techs, 2 x art handlers/assistants
— Venue needs for set up/take down: 2 x techs/riggers, 2 x assistants, access to wood and/or metal shop
— Equipment: Fork lift, pallet jacks, wheel boards
— Gallery: Lighting and rig  



Get in touch with Sarah Durcan, who is happy to help you with your enquiry or supply you with more details about any of our exhibitions. Talk to Sarah at