Placing artwork and science below the microscope – Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Scientists are artists.

They use microscopes over modelling clay and bacterial cultures over clean canvases however share the creativeness and innate curiosity that drives their creative friends.

IMB Govt Director Professor Ian Henderson mentioned artists and scientists are certain by a need to reply huge questions in regards to the human situation.

“Each asking and answering these questions requires creativity and pondering exterior the boundaries of the recognized, of going over the sting of data and present pondering to study one thing extra and in the end enhance individuals’s lives,” Professor Henderson mentioned.

Dare to think about

Professor Ian Henderson

“Most science isn’t about that one huge “Eureka!” second, it’s extra about wanting on the world and discovering one thing intriguing or attention-grabbing to analyze.

“Scientists – like artists – take a look at issues individuals have seen earlier than however see them in a different way,” he defined.

“As an example, who would have thought a funnel internet spider differently would lead to an environmentally pleasant pesticide or a drug to deal with coronary heart assault and stroke?”


The aesthetics of science

Type and performance are as intricately linked in biology and chemistry as they’re in artwork.

IMB’s inaugural artist-in-residence, the late Jo Underhill

Professor Henderson mentioned that IMB’s work typically produces imagery that provides an aesthetic edge to its scientific worth.

“Take into consideration all these stunning pictures of the universe from the James Webb telescope,” he mentioned by means of instance.

“That exhibits the intersection of artwork and science at a macro stage, whereas we take photos like that on the micro stage in our labs to point out the beautiful type and performance of cells and microbes.”

This creative by-product is well known with the Jo Underhill IMB Artwork Award, awarded in reminiscence of IMB’s inaugural artist-in-residence who continues to encourage the connection between artwork and science.

Scientists as storytellers

The Australian stinging tree – one in all IMB’s artworks impressed by microscopy

Complementary to those photos are the phrases scientists weave to inform the world about their work.

“The most effective scientists are those that are nice storytellers and are capable of talk advanced concepts in a easy type.

“After they write up their science and their analysis, they’ve to inform the story of what they did and reveal what they found.

“When an artist stands again and appears at their creation in the identical means a scientist does, for that individual second, they’re the one individual on the planet who is aware of about it and its potential.”


Be part of Prof Ian Henderson in dialogue with Ephemeral set up artists Renzo B. Larriviere and Zara Pasfield from design studio Atelier Sisu at Sip and Science: The Energy of Now
on Sunday 18 September at 3pm.

Click on picture under to buy tickets.

The Sip and Science sequence explores the intersection of science and artwork and is delivered by IMB in partnership with Brisbane Pageant.


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