The very thought of beautiful things never remind us of fruit fly ovaries or a fungus garden. But to a scientist, exploring these strange and fascinating specimens can reveal stunning patterns.
And now everyone has the chance to enjoy these stunning patterns at annual exhibition organized by Princeton University in New Jersey, which brings out the art hidden in science.
The exhibit consists of both still images and video of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research.
It also hopes to open a window through which the general public can appreciate both art and science – two fields that for differing reasons can feel threatening to the non-expert.
‘Art of Science imagery has universal appeal, across cultures, languages, and age groups,’ the organisers claim. ‘
‘Powerful imaging tools can now capture our world in ways never before contemplated and unintentionally produce aesthetically interesting visual effects.
‘When viewed through the lens of art, these images can further man’s concept of what it means to be human, enhance our appreciation of the natural world, and enrich our cultural heritage.’
More than 30 submissions were received from undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and alumni. Out of them only 44 still images and 12 videos were selected.
Zach Donnell, a microbiology student explains that the exhibit shows how art and science are inter-related.
‘While the scientific methods behind the exhibit strive for objectivity and consensus, everyone’s individual response to the images is subjective and highly personal,’ he said.
Sara Sadri, a postdoc in Civil and Environmental Engineering bagged the first prize for her image dubbed ‘Watermarks’.
James Waters, a student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology came second with his image ‘Fungus among us’. The image reveals a microscopic view of a fungus growing on debris within an ant colony.
Third place went to Yasmin Afsar, a graduate student of Electrical Engineering for his image ‘Portrait of the artist in the air shower. The picture was shot during a 20-second blast of air that removes tiny pieces of debris when scientists enter the clean room.
This is the seventh Princeton University Art of Science competition but the first to include a category of video.
Sabine Petry, assistant professor of molecular biology was declared the topper of the video award and received a GoPro camera for her work ‘Microtubules branch out.’
‘So much of science and engineering involves video or animation these days that it was inevitable we would include it in Art of Science,’ said Dan Quinn, a graduate student in mechanical and aerospace engineering who is one of the 2014 exhibit organizers.
‘Since a picture is worth a thousand words, video is worth approximately 30,000 words per second, so adding a video component to Art of Science was a no-brainer.’
Audience at the opening reception for the physical gallery in May was asked to cast their vote.
Of 185 ballots cast, ‘Fruit fly factory’ bagged the first place and the credit goes to Yogesh Goyal, Bomyi Lim, Miriam Osterfield, Stas Shvartsman, of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
The People’s Choice award for video went to ‘Plenty of Fish’ by Colin Twomey and Haishan Wu of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
The physical gallery of the 2014 exhibit will be on view in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus through the end of April 2015.
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