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Jahnavi Phalkey was appointed Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru in November 2018.
Previously Jahnavi held a tenured faculty position at King’s College London. She was also external curator to the Science Museum London, and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Jahnavi is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India and has co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century. She is the producer-director of the documentary film Cyclotron.
Jahnavi read civics and politics at the University of Bombay and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She holds a doctoral degree in history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Accessibility and Engagement in Digital Living Exhibition
How can we reimagine our cultural spaces for a digital future? The pandemic pushed us to dive headfirst into this challenge. Over the last year and half, Science Gallery Bengaluru a new institution for public engagement with research, launched PHYTOPIA, India’s first fully digital exhibition-season. We took on the challenge of creating a “living exhibition” in the online space, one that is participatory, interactive, immersive and constantly evolving.
Following upon the learning from PHYTOPIA, our latest exhibition-season ‘CONTAGION’ compelled us to think more of the technology maximise accessibility and audience engagement. We identified strategies and online formats that connected visitors from across the world by focussing on self-driven exploration, personal-interaction and multi-sensory experiences. Our exhibition became not just a safe space for discussion, debate and experimentation but also a space to produce new knowledge. Join us as we share our learnings and insights from creating digital experiences at the convergence of science and culture.