Microbes and art: Science of the Unseen, Anna Dumitriu, and more

Take a Peek at the Artistic Sides of Mosquitoes, Bacteria, and Scientific Processes – Francesca Capossela – Vice

In online exhibition, Science of the Unseen, scientists, artists, and researchers share their approaches to study. The show depicts a varied range of scientific and artistic investigations—from a piece exploring how bacteria microbiota grows on a body, to an examination of mosquito patterns, to another piece documenting the internal viewing dialogue of computers “watching” movies. (…) Science of the Unseen is put on by ACM SIGGRAPH, an international community of various professionals, including artists, filmmakers, scientists, and researchers. The community is united by an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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Hyper Nebulas by Dan Tapper: movements of sand crabs

Bioart and Bacteria:Super-organism Series – The Artwork of Anna Dumitriu

Anna Dumitriu is a British artist whose work fuses craft, technology and bioscience to explore our relationship to the microbial world, biomedicine and technology. She has an international exhibition profile, having exhibited at venues including The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, The Science Gallery in Dublin, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, and The V & A Museum in London. Super-organism is an ongoing series of artworks investigating the human microbiome by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May. It currently comprises a full body interactive installation and participatory workshop commissioned by Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, and a video installation “Super-organism: The Living Microbiome” commissioned by The Wellcome Collection for The Evening Standard “1000” award ceremony at The Francis Crick Institute and “The Human Super-organism” commssioned by Eden Project focussing on the bacteria from the hands as part of their permanent exhibition “Invisible You: The Human Microbiome”.

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Microbiomes: To See the Unseen

Seeking: multi-media artwork that makes connections between the science of microbiology — how microorganisms are at the foundation of life — for an art+science collaboration between OSU’s Department of Microbiology and The Arts Center (Corvallis). The art exhibitions is scheduled for spring of 2017. Deadline: December 1, 2016. This exhibition asks both artists and researchers, How Can We See the Unseen? Microbiology tries to measure, visualize and understand complex microscopic systems in the same way artists seek understanding for life’s many questions. Past The Arts Center arts, science and technology collaborations have proven beneficial for artists, scientists and non-scientists alike.

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Science Communication Through Art: Objectives, Challenges, and Outcomes – Amy E. Lesen – Trends in Ecology & Evolution ($37.95)

The arts are becoming a favored medium for conveying science to the public. Tracking trending approaches, such as community-engaged learning, alongside challenges and goals can help establish metrics to achieve more impactful outcomes, and to determine the effectiveness of arts-based science communication for raising awareness or shaping public policy.

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2 thoughts on “Microbes and art: Science of the Unseen, Anna Dumitriu, and more

  1. Thanks for posting, I just wanted to mention that the very first image is a piece called Hyper Nebulas by Dan Tapper – based around creating macro events from micro movements, in this case modelling the movements of sand crabs as they collect food and flee from predators.


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