This is a first approach to science to propose new possibilities for the relationship with art in the context of visualization, that is to say, from the procedures that scientist use to visualize their research using microscopes, for example. The project involved a residency at the Reyes-Lamothe Lab, in McGill University at Montreal.
Dr. Rodrigo Reyes-Lamothe (who happens to be also Eric’s brother) works with a group that research the dynamics of DNA with the aim of understanding the function of molecular machines inside the cell, studying unicellular organisms as Escherichia Coli with fluorescence microscopy. In spite of the advancements of science, there are aspects of this machinery that are unknown, like its architecture and the timing at which this machine assembles and disassembles. Starting from photographs, they make animations at the lab to study the information referred, for example, from the trajectory of a molecule inside a cell.
With the analysis of the information they build models that are compared later with the initial hypothesis. The display of the information is generally through diagrams, helping to define new theoretical models. Even if these diagrams are not strongly aesthetic, the science realm is full of exceptionally beautiful images; unfortunately, most of them are not seen outside the laboratories, because they are not relevant for giving specific data.
Science is looking for the truth, for reality. The question is how the universe works. Science makes interpretations. It creates simple models, even though they are made after elaborated conclusions. Models are all false, but some of they are useful, as George Box stated. A model may imply, for instance, that a molecule has a camel head.
Cells love communities, they conform a mass. They are machines that create mothers of other cells. Multiplicity, by the way, becomes a problem related to the analysis of visual information in the realm of fluorescent microscopy.
During the residency we had discussions about the relationship of science and art, from a traditional link as illustration, to contemporary proposals like Kac’s fluorescent rabbit that had Green Fluorescent Protein(GFP) implanted in its DNA. What are the ethical implications derived from the use of microscopic living beings like cells and what is the function of art facing these topics?
IN MY INDIVIDUALITY I FIND THE REASON FOR MY REPRODUCTION.
I BECOME TWO AND THREE.
NOW, WE ARE!
10 watercolors on paper, 7 x 10 in; video and gif animation.
Thank you to: Rodrigo Reyes-Lamothe, Viridiana López-Jáuregui, Huan Zheng, Nicolas Soubry, Nitin Kapadia and Eunice Limón. This project was supported by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo and the Cuerpo Académico Arte y Contexto.
Microscopic landscape with fluorescence
Tau (clamp loader) flamingo
Yeast microcolony #1
Yeast grows in the dark
The poetry of life