In a recent publication an interesting art-science collaboration is described. Do You Mind? paired early career neuroscientists with artists to develop cross-disciplinary dialogue, and innovative artworks. The project was initiated and co-curated by Bolam Group member Dr Megan Dowie before she joined the ANU.
This photo is the feature image for the PLoS Biology June 2012 issue. When artist Tom Henry visited Renee Gordon in her neurodegeneration research lab she showed him cultured astrocytes using a fluorescent microscope (shown in green, nuclei in blue). Tom commented that her images "evoked everything from star-like galaxies to seaweed forests," and in response produced prints by pressing paint between surfaces to create semi-symmetric shapes, referencing brain hemispheres and regeneration of cells (image credit: Renee Gordon).
Megan has recently set up another art-science collaboration, between the Basal Ganglia researchers at the ANU and artists from Central Saint Martins in London. What began as a lab visit will culminate in an exhibition in October. Details about A Nervous Encounter will follow.
Artist Helen Pynor visited the Basal Ganglia Lab on the 23rd June. Helen's artworks often involve scientific concepts and she has a particular interest in biology. In her work Helen is interested in attempting to incorporate a holistic view of the body, considering the biological basis as well as cultural concept of self. Prior to her current profession as a fine artist (including completing her PhD at the University of Sydney), she had a brief career as a scientific researcher. This may have influenced her approach to her art practice, which is highly research-driven.
Yesterday, another class of artists came to visit the Basal Ganglia labs. It is the beginning of term, and the new first year students on the Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science Programme are straight into an introduction to a biomedical research lab.
The private view of A Nervous Encounter took place on the evening of Friday 5th October. With over 70 invited guests, the gallery was buzzing, and all in attendance were excited.
We are pleased to welcome Miss Husniye Hacioglu Bay to the Unit as a Visiting Student. Husniye is currently studying for her PhD at the Neuroscience Programme of Marmara University, Turkey. She joins the Unit to receive advanced training and pursue her anatomical projects, as part of a collaboration between Prof. Umit Sehirli and Unit scientists Dr. Juan Mena-Segovia and Prof. Paul Bolam.