Art made from live scientific images
I have been gaining first-hand experience of working with research scientists who use Advanced Imaging as a major part of their research at the University of Nottingham Life Sciences, Cell Signalling and Pharmacology Group; the Natural History Museums Core Research Laboratories Imaging and Analysis Centre and the University of Gothenburg, Centre for Cellular Imaging, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg.
The Scientists and Advanced Imaging Specialists I am working with have designed practical scientific activities to help me, an image-maker understand the reasons, methods and actions of their research-in-action. Since 2015, through going into these laboratories, observing and reporting on what is seen I am gaining a deeper understanding of why these scientists use advanced imaging as a major part of their research. These techniques and technologies are not normally accessible to non-scientific specialists yet they present a rich under-explored area for artistic exploration, offering new knowledge in terms of scientific processes, modes of observation, methodologies and software.
This reflexive methodology of creative process in action is being used to cross-reference all aspects of this research activity to establish connections and define what new knowledge can be gained to help frame this critical theoretical review. The materials gathered (scientific data, acquired images, documentation, written notes) have been used to create a new series of visual outputs from different microscopic techniques. Images both static and moving are being reprocessed using scientific computer software and the Adobe digital-suite to generate new visual translations from this scientific material.