In [Knowledge] We Trust, !dea Gallery @ The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario

“In [knowledge] we trust” was an exhibit at the !dea Gallery in the Ontario Science Centre. The exhibit opened on October 6th, 2014 and ran until December 7th, 2014.

The exhibit summarizes some of the major findings from my doctoral research on knowledge sharing and trust. It also displays findings from a more recent research study conducted with my colleague Dr. Tracey Bowen, which explores how the concept of knowledge is understood and represented through visual and textual abstraction.

The goal of the exhibit is to teach visitors a little about the concept of knowledge, as well as about some of the connections between knowledge sharing and inter-personal trust. Visit the !dea Gallery Website for “In Knowledge We Trust”.

From the Ontario Science Centre

How do we share what we know?
Sharing knowledge helps us build on past experiences, respond more quickly and efficiently to problems, develop new ideas, and avoid repeating past mistakes. It’s essential for scientific discoveries, learning at school, and getting the things we need to know to do our jobs and live our everyday lives.

But what is it that makes us willing to share the knowledge we have with others or use the knowledge we receive?  What part does trust play? And what is “knowledge”, anyway?

Below are some pictures from our visit the morning of the opening


I would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their invaluable contributions in conducting this research and designing and presenting this exhibition:

Dr. Tracey Bowen, Lecturer and Internship Coordinator at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto
Ayesha Sajjad, Dana Bibi, Noor Abdel-Raziq and Reem Khafagy, “What does knowledge look like?” Research Assistants, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto

Ana Klasnja M.A., Senior Multimedia Producer, Ontario Science Centre
John Shane, Creative Direction for Art and Design Interns
Queenie (Tihmily) Li, Art and Design Intern, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto/Sheridan program

Julia Chung, Communication and Exhibit Design Intern from University of British Columbia, Konak Inc.
Aylin Doyle, Creative Direction for Video Intern

Installation Art
Alexandra Louise Beriault, Performance & Installation Artist, OCAD University 2014 Graduate and Recipient of Sculpture/Installation Medal

Partners: McGill University, University of Toronto, Ontario Science Centre