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Big data meets art world, brings space into focus

10th Feb `14, 05:32 AM in Sectors

WORCESTER — Photographer, filmmaker and writer Michael Benson said the marriage of the telescope and the camera in…

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WORCESTER — Photographer, filmmaker and writer Michael Benson said the marriage of the telescope and the camera in the late 1800s opened up new avenues for discovery in the universe.

Mr. Benson’s 8-foot-by-4-foot chromogenic print, “Carina Nebula,” which is featured until June 22 in the Jeppson Idea Lab at the Worcester Art Museum, attempts to make space visually and conceptually accessible through a photographic image created from myriad telescope data files.

It’s a lot to wrap your mind around but it provides almost a spacecraft view of moments in the universe, compressed into one image.

“Our question is, When is data art?” Katrina Stacy, assistant curator of education, said about the installation.

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