This project investigates how to interpret created scientific images made by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) of micro-scale drops of water after evaporation and thus turns to scientific photography as an art form. Exploring the idea of ‘interactivity’ for my project, I developed an algorithm which allows viewers to physically interact with my photomicrographs, becoming direct objects of manipulation. Thus, anyone who touches the screen can create, display and experience a ripple effect, which is very similar to the effect we can see and observe when we interact with water surface by touching or disturbing it.
Interacting with the image in this way transforms the work into being something that transcends disciplines – offering a layered meaning; it crosses the boundaries between physical connection and digital code and can enhance the audience’s perception of scientific data, scientific photography, and water, providing them with the opportunity of experiencing digital code.
Associate Professor, The National Research University of Electronic Technology, Moscow
PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Artistic Photomicrography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia
Throughout her academic and artistic career, Anastasia has been interested in obtaining new knowledge of the relationship between science and art. Therefore, she uses scientific machines, particularly X-rays devices and microscopes, in a variety of art projects. She has received various awards in Art & Science contests from these endeavours. Her doctoral visual art project is concentrated in the specific area of scientific photography made by the 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.