ANAT Synapse 2019

Andrea Rassell, Wildly Oscillating Molecules of Unanticipated Momentum (video still) Image courtesy the artist.

Andrea Rassell, Wildly Oscillating Molecules of Unanticipated Momentum (video still) Image courtesy the artist.

ANDREA RASSELL + PROFESSOR VIPUL BANSAL, NANOBIOSENSING FACILITY, RMIT UNIVERSITY
Artist Andrea Rassell and scientist Vipul Bansal explored how filmmaking can be used to interrogate the social, cultural and ethical implications of nanoscale biosensing technologies.

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This work-in-progress documentation shows a virtual microscope made from hundreds of individual Scanning Electron Microscopy images. These create a super-resolution image and the ability to zoom in and out without the use of a microscope.

The two samples shown here are CuTCNQ, a crystalline material that acts a sponge for toxic environmental and industrial chemicals and ZIF-8, a nanoengineered material that acts as a gene-delivery system and cancer therapy. These nanoparticles are shown here on top of prostate tumour cells.
Trish Adams, Synapse Residency 2019, Neuronal-processes-green-extending-from-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons, Dottori laboratory. Image courtesy Associate Professor Mirella Dottori, University of Wollongong.

Trish Adams, Synapse Residency 2019, Neuronal-processes-green-extending-from-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons, Dottori laboratory. Image courtesy Associate Professor Mirella Dottori, University of Wollongong.

DR TRISH ADAMS + ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MIRELLA DOTTORI, ILLAWARRA HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG + ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR BRYONY NAYAGAM, BIONICS INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Artist Trish Adams worked with scientists Mirella Dottori and Bryony Nayagam on an open-ended investigation into human sensory systems and stem cell regeneration.

Read Trish’s residency blog.

Trish’s’ work Sensory Interpretations will feature at the Ars Electronica-style event, ‘3 Festival’, to be held in Wollongong 25-28 June 2020. Trish says after the excitement of her ANAT Synapse supported laboratory residency she is in that complex and very familiar phase where she is “seeking to mediate the scientific data and create viewer interactive artworks for the upcoming exhibition.” She is also hopeful this new artwork will give a tangible example of the ways that an art/science residency can bridge the disciplinary gap in ways that engage and stimulate the general public.

 

This time-lapse footage is captured on a specialised machine called a Lionheart, where human stem cell derived organoids are putting out dendrites to form synapses and connect with each other. Photograph Sara Miellet, Dottori Laboratory.

The ANAT Synapse program is made possible through the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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