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Science gallery Melbourne, University of Melbourne


Mathematical precision, quantum physics, utopian worlds, body modification, internet dating and Instagram filters. Why do humans strive for perfection?

Underpinned by the accuracy and precision of maths and physics, a wave of new science and technology allows us to modify, hack and transform our lives into our own personal perfection. We can surgically modify our bodies, build perfect cities, clone our dogs and live in ecological harmony with our environment. With growing cultural pressures to look perfect and live an ideal life, is striving for perfection a positive goal? Or is imperfection what sustains life and creates diversity and difference?

Through the lens of artists, musicians, mathematicians, architects, designers, psychologists and surgeons, Science Gallery Melbourne will explore what it means to pursue perfection in a non-perfect world. Perfection is on display at the Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design.