Things That Float
By Stephen Nowlin
watch “Things That Float” at archive.org
Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performed by Caela Harrison
“We’re charmed by heavy things that float in thin air, because we’re products of a gravity environment where weight is pinned to the planet’s surface. When something does otherwise, it arouses the pleasure of our curiosity – it’s a spectacle, and inspiring. ”
Stephen Nowlin is the first participant of NASA Images’ “Guest Showcase,” a monthly presentation of digital exhibitions curated by leading professionals in the fields of science, education, art, entertainment, business, and academia. The exhibitions will consist of carefully selected images, videos, and audio from nasaimages.org. Stephen created this video from the media he selected. You can view his complete Guest Showcase at NASA Images.
Stephen Nowlin is an artist/curator whose day-job is Vice President, Director of the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California. He has initiated multiple curatorial projects with an emphasis on the nexus of art and science. Recent projects include “TOOLS,” an exhibition of the art, science, natural and cultural history of human tools; “OBSERVE,” a collaboration with the NASA Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/JPL (observeexhibit.org); “Reverence: Poetics and Polemics of Sustainability,” engaging the emotions and issues surrounding sustainable enterprise; and “NEURO,” an art and science collaboration between the Williamson Gallery and the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering, Caltech (artandscience.us).