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    Iconology: Artist Impressions in Astronomy and Exobiology

    Iconology: Artist Impressions in Astronomy and Exobiology

    Iconology: Artist Impressions in Astronomy and Exobiology aims to analyse the visual simulations widely used today in scientific research and its communication to the general public, in particular those pertaining to the origins and conditions of emergence of life. This topic has long been a focus of major interest in societies and it continues to occupy an important place in culture today in the generalist press, literature and fiction movies. But how have these “artist views” emerged and established themselves as privileged modes of representing life beyond Earth in the public realm? How is or should scientific research on this topic be put forward in societies today? How do these images interact with and contribute to shape contemporary culture? The project is both genealogical and prospective, asking how these images came into existence and have acquired their contemporary meaning, and opening a reflection on how research on the origins of life might in the future be shared with the general public.

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