Wednesday, February 7, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
|6:30 - 7:00 p.m. The "Gallery of Shadows" interactive art and science exhibit
|7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lectures and Performances
From Biblical Hebrew to Ancient Greek and Latin, a shade is thought to be a shadow-self, the part that continues on into the afterlife. But our shadows, of course, are always with us—not a fake-self, not a specter of a thing, but part of what it means to be in the light, to be enlightened.
Featuring a lecture on Plato’s “myth of the cave” by Professor of Philosophy, Michael Naas (DePaul University); Javanese “shadow puppet” court dance by Danielle Meijer (Aleph World Fusion Dance); performance of shadow puppetry poetry by Blair Thomas (with Daniel Lizano); an investigation of shadows’ relation to cinema by Assoc. Professor of English, Alice Maurice (University of Toronto); and musical performances of shadow-themed songs by jazz vocalist and pianist Shawn Wallace, the DHC peers into the light and the dark in a radically interdisciplinary investigation of all things shadowy.
Be sure to arrive early (6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) to take home a free shadow silhouette portrait by Nina Nightingale and investigate the art and science of shadows in a dozen interactive exhibits featuring the artwork of Helen Vaughn, Joao Gonçalves, Megumi Kajiwara, Tathuhiko Nijima, and scientific explorations of such themes as the weight of a shadow, how to make colorful shadows, fourth-dimension shadows, and the varieties of shadow illusions and truths.