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Antibiotic Apocalypse

  “Antibiotic Apocalypse” is the brain child of Dr. Carla Brown & Siam Colvin. They brilliantly combine dance, music, filmmaking, lighting & colored dye to tell the story of antibiotic resistance. Dr Brown says it best her article “The Visualization of antibiotic resistance through creative film”: “Through contemporary dance, the film tells the story of a powerful antibiotic who is forced to battle against a wide range of bacteria.  In the beginning, the antibiotic is both strong and confident and easily defeats commensal and infectious bacteria. However, when the antibiotic is forced to battle against resistant bacteria, he struggles and becomes exhausted. Finally, as the resistance spreads among the bacterial population, he gives into his opponents and is defeated.” “Antibiotic Apocolypse” won the biology prize from “Dance Your PhD” in 2016. The visualization of antibiotic resistance through creative film The team’s website is www.gamedrlimitd.com You can read more about “Dance Your PhD 2016” here: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/and-winner-year-s-dance-your-phd-contest Please follow and like...
“Self Reflected”

“Self Reflected”

  Greg Dunn is an artist and scientist whose work focuses on the mathematically beauty and artistic wonder of our brains. “Self-Reflected” is one of his more recent and ambition projects. It was born through a series of intense neuroscience research, brain imaging, artistic interpretation and his signature, highly crafted micro-etching technique. The result is a mesmerizing and hypnotic visualization of the brain. It measures about 8’ x 11’ , is made up of 25 gold-leaf plates and took two years to create. Depending on the vantage point and colored lighting the neurons and activity of the piece change. It performs an intricate dance showcasing the complex circuitry and pathways in our brains. In the end, “Self Reflected” is one of the most detailed mathematical models of the brain in the world and arguably one of the most intimate self-portraits. “Self Reflected” is on permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. You can read more about how it was made as well see more of Dr. Dunn’s work on his website. http://www.gregadunn.com                                 Please follow and like...
Bulletproof Skin

Bulletproof Skin

  We all have probably heard the proverb “necessity is the mother of invention”. The idea that when a solution to any given problem becomes imperative, one will find a way. Jalila Essaidi is a Dutch artist and scientist who’s approach focuses on exactly this idea by exploring the intersection of innovation and current events. “Exploring Boundaries by Piercing Barriers” (aka “Bulletproof Skin”) highlights ideas regarding safety and security in today’s social and political climate of reactionary fear. The project implantes in vitro human skin with transgenic spider silk. The resulting GMO is seemly bulletproof skin. In practice the experiment does ultimately stop some bullets , but not those flying at full speed. Regardless, the work leaves the viewer to ponder ideas and notions of a world in which an invention like this could be achievable or possibly even necessary. Jalila Essaidi is the founder and director of Bio Laboratories Foundation. You can read more about her work at jalilaessaidi.com.   Jalila Essaidi Bulletproof skin Please follow and like...
DNA profiling New York City

DNA profiling New York City

  1986 was the first time DNA profiling resulted in a criminal conviction. Bio-technology  and surveillance has seen astounding momentum in the 30 years since and Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an American artist who is now taking it to another level. Her work asks questions about privacy and legality in a world where an incredible amount of information can be gained through our DNA. In the exhibit “Stranger Visions”, Dr. Dewey-Hagborg collects abandoned DNA from strangers around NYC. She analyzes the genetic profile to create life-size, 3D portraits of the person’s face. The exhibit also shows the sample from which the DNA was extracted and the location where it was found. The viewer is left to ponder how much sensitive material we nonchalantly leave behind everyday and how much information can be discovered. We are forced to ask ourselves how we feel about the potential repercussions, imagined as well as the yet unimagined. http://deweyhagborg.com/projects/stranger-visions Please follow and like...
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