"I’ve been conducting scientific research with experts who specialise in
advanced microscopy at Nottingham University for more than ten years. But I’m
not a scientist – I’m an artist and lecturer in illustration.
Despite their importance in education and society, science and art are often
seen as distinct fields, which, in my opinion, stifles beneficial connections.
I want to foster these connections by helping to make sense of scientists’ work
for a wider audience through my own work as an artist. I have seen the enormous
potential that exists when scientists and artists work together.
Like advanced imaging specialists, I am fascinated by light, colour, lasers,
technology and science. When I discovered the Wellcome Trust’s Sci-Art scheme
in 1998, its ethos – to foster connections that produce art directly inspired
by science – encouraged me to seek out life scientists to collaborate with,
because the methods we employ to create images are connected.
Advanced imaging specialists and myself both have knowledge of light, optics
and computer visualisation methods, while I am fascinated by how I can use
scientific image data innovatively. There has always been a lack of
understanding between art and science in terms of approaches to imaging and its
potential. I wanted to discover if and how an artist-researcher could
contribute to new methods and approaches through collaboration."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics