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Through the Artistic Application of Technology, The Observer Becomes Both Artist And Subject In Science Museum Oklahoma’s New Exhibition By Oklahoma’s Own Geoffrey Hicks

February 25, 2021
Screens by Geoffrey Hicks at Science Museum Oklahoma

Screens will be open through Fall 2021, and is included with general admission. Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through The Artistic Application Of Technology, The Observer Becomes Both Artist And Subject In Science Museum Oklahoma’s New Exhibition By Oklahoma’s Own Geoffrey Hicks

Entering Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space Gallery, guests are greeted by a corps of ballet dancers inspired by the guest’s every move. With each tilt of the head, arm movement or pause, the ballet dancers react. This is the first experience in Screens, a new exhibit created specifically for the museum by nationally recognized artist Geoffrey Hicks. This is also the first time Hicks has allowed multiple installations of his works to be featured in a single location, providing museum guests an opportunity  exclusive to Science Museum Oklahoma.

Screens utilizes depth-sensing cameras, projectors, video monitors, and Hicks’ OWN proprietary software to allow guests to become part of the artistic experience. Whether creating an exuberant “wave” on a wall of video monitors or facing the realities of a world in which screens monitor everything from our every movement to the fragility of our own health, Hicks allows the guest to take a multi-level approach to each of the interactive exhibits.

“Working with Geoffrey Hicks on this exhibition has been an incredible opportunity,” said Alyson Atchison, curator for SMO’s smART Space galleries. “Every element of this exhibition has been painstakingly created to invite guests to take an active role in creating and interpreting their experience. Great effort has also been taken to ensure broad participation. I’ve seen everyone from young children dancing with our ballet dancers to senior adults delighted to watch their heartbeat interpreted through a series of lights reacting in a dazzling display. Every experience is as unique as the person creating it.”

“We look all over the world for artists who can assist in our mission of revealing the wonder and relevance of science. With this exhibition we’re able to once again highlight the incredible talent within our own state, which always brings us a great deal of pride.”

Works by Hicks have most recently been featured in Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara, California, and in several locations around Oklahoma. Videos of some of Hicks’ other works are on display in the smART Space galleries as part of this exhibition.

“Hicks’ individual creations are featured all over the country,” said Atchison. “Having this opportunity to showcase his work provides an example for visitors to see what can be accomplished when the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) are nurtured and allowed to flourish.”

Screens will be open through Fall 2021, and is included with general admission. Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $16.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $13.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105.

For more information about the smART Space galleries at Science Museum Oklahoma, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org/smart-space.