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    The Unseen Water: Experimentation with Scientific Photomicrography and Creative Coding

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017)

    London, UK, 11 - 13 July 2017


    Anastasia Tyurina



    This research involves aesthetic approaches to scientific photomicrography. Specifically, this project investigates the reinterpretation of photomicrographic images of micro-scale drops of water made by a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a tool that has expanded the boundaries of observation and representation of the micro world since it was introduced to scientific research in the mid-1960s. I was not aiming to produce scientific records through my use of the SEM; instead, like several artists before me, I used scientific photography methods to create aesthetic images. By exploring the interplay between the indexical and iconic modalities in the process of creating photomicrographs, I seek to imbue them with new meanings and re-appropriate scientific photography as a creative practice and a source of science communication to the general public. Building on the fact that scientific and digital tools have brought new ways of seeing the world, my artistic application of them seeks to extend our perception. This paper provides an explanation of the production of interactive artworks for my project. In these works, viewers are encouraged to engage with photomicrographs of water through touch and movement, which resembles human interaction with water.


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