ATLANTA— Science Gallery at Emory University will launch its inaugural exhibition, “HOOKED: When Want Becomes Need,” on May 14 at Pullman Yards in Atlanta’s historic Kirkwood district. The free, world-class, interactive experience blends science, art, technology, and design to provide a visually compelling and thought-provoking look at the world of addiction and recovery.
“HOOKED” speaks to young people ages 15-25 and all of those with a curiosity for science, art, and the social contexts and consequences of addiction and recovery. The exhibition uses engaging mediums, scientific research, and provocation to educate and inspire guests, encourage them to form their own opinions, and challenge conventions.
“Leading researchers at Emory University are asking cutting-edge questions about addiction and recovery,” says “HOOKED” co-curator, Hannah Redler-Hawes. “‘HOOKED’ brings their work together with work by other international experts, and creations by astonishing local and international artists.”
Co-produced with Science Gallery at King’s College London, “HOOKED” comes to life within a dynamic environment where a range of films, installations, and sculptures examine addiction as a global health issue and an inherent risk of the human condition.
These inspiring visuals explore the different forms of addiction, from drugs and alcohol to gambling, mobile devices, and online shopping. This includes dazzling digital installations, an immersive cardboard city made of fast fashion delivery boxes, and much more. An interactive walk-in sculptural figure, entitled “We’re All Searching for Rest,” allows visitors to contribute objects related to their personal journeys of addiction and recovery. The video installation “Addictive Stories” spotlights perspectives based on lived experiences, courtesy of first-person narratives
Pullman Yards, a hub for cultural and creative engagement, serves as the perfect backdrop for “HOOKED.” The acclaimed venue’s intown location proves attractive to locals and tourists alike, with easy access to downtown Atlanta and all the city has to offer.
“We couldn’t think of a more relevant way to open our doors in Atlanta, a city with a strong reputation for both science and the arts,” says “HOOKED” co-curator, Floyd Hall. “Beginning with ‘HOOKED,’ our goal is to continue to share educational, exploratory, and enlightening exhibitions that inspire the curiosity of our guests, especially the scientists, artists, and creators of tomorrow.”
Science Gallery at Emory University presents “HOOKED: When Want Becomes Need”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays, May 14 to Sept. 4, 2022. Free. Reservations can be made online at Atlanta.ScienceGallery.com. Walk-up admission available. Pullman Yards, 225 Rogers St. N.E., Atlanta.