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Science Literacy Week @ McGill: 2017 Exhibits

Events happening across campus during science literacy week



Phonomenal! Rare sides from the history of sound recording

Music Building (New) 3rd Floor, Marvin Duchow Music Library, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Ended October, 2017

The latest Marvin Duchow Music Library exhibit explores the history of recorded sound through its rare collection of 20th century recordings and related ephemera. Cylinder, shellac, and vinyl records with varying disc and groove sizes, speeds, composition materials, colours and uses offer insight into the evolution of the medium.

Recordings preserve the soundscapes of bygone eras but can also ensure a certain type of immortality. Nipper, the ubiquitous symbol of early commercial recording marketing, illustrates this point rather poignantly. Poised atop of what appears to be a wooden table, he is listening to sound or music through a gramophone. Upon further inspection, the table turns out to be a coffin and the only remaining evidence of Nipper’s master’s voice, is a recording.

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Take a guided tour of Phonomenal! and Still Listening, Tuesday, September 19, 4pm - 4:30pm. No registration required.

Still Listening

Still Listening

Still Listening – An Exhibit of Works in Honour of Pauline Oliveros

Still Listening, the exhibition of 87 commissioned scores in honour of the life and work of Pauline Oliveros, opened Thursday, June 1 at the McGill Music Library, as part of the 2017 IICSI-McGill (in association with the Institute for the Public Life of Arts+Ideas), Still Listening colloquium. This year’s McGill-IICSI conference is focused on improvisation and listening, with a particular emphasis on Pauline Oliveros, whose passing this past November 2016, leaves us with a rich legacy of compositions, improvisations, theory, activism, community building, design, and a wide network of individuals and institutions that were influenced in many ways by her example, thoughts, sounds and actions.

Still Listening, the exhibition, was conceived by Eric Lewis and Ellen Waterman, and curated by Dancy Mason, Katherine Horgan and Landon Morrison.

The exhibition is free and open to all.

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Take a guided tour of Phonomenal! and Still Listening, Tuesday, September 19, 4pm - 4:30pm. No registration required.

The Gendered Cultures of Beer and Cheese

The Gendered Cultures of Beer and Cheese: the Regulation of Human and Microbial Bodies on the Home and Industrial Scales, 1616 - 2017

McIntyre Medical Building, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, 3rd floor , 3655 promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6, CA

Opened September 11, 2017

This exhibition, comprised of medical texts, cookbooks, training manuals, and industry documents, showcases the ways in which advice about best fermentation practices has changed over time. As you visit the exhibition, we hope you will consider the following questions: How is the language employed around ideas of public health, food, and alcohol production gendered and classed? How are ideas about "what is safe" and "what is dangerous" regarding fermentation practices not restricted to scientific understanding? How are these ideas socially embedded concepts?

The materials for this exhibit come from McGill University’s Osler Library of the History of Medicine; Rare Books and Special Collections; the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering; the MacDonald Campus Library; the The Blackader-Lauterman Collection of Architecture and Art; and the private collection of Alex Ketchum.

This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, The Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, The Department of History and Classical Studies, The Department of English, and The Office of the Vice Principal’s Research and Innovation Grant.

We are pleased to offer this exhibit as part of this fall’s conference, “Leavening the Conversation: Food, Feminism, and Fermentation.” The event will be taking place on McGill’s campus from September 29- October 1st. In addition to the above sponsors, the larger event is also sponsored by Le Réseau québécois en études féministes of L'Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University’s Centre for Sensory Studies, and the University of Alabama’s Department of Gender and Race Studies.

Curated by Alex Ketchum, PhD candidate, Department of History and Classical Studies

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On the Wings of the Wind

On the Wings of the Wind exhibit

On the Wings of the Wind: The Birds of Luisella Carretta

McLennan Library Building, Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th floor lobby, 3459 rue McTavish

On now until December 23, 2017.

Luisella Carretta is an Italian artist who has devoted much of her work to researching the environment, and especially to the movement of animals in their natural habitat.  She has given particular attention to the flight of birds, and her drawings and watercolours document these.  This exhibition brings together some truly striking images that Luisella Carretta has produced of birds in flight.

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