Immersive, stereoscopic 3D & large-scale 2D Installation
Understanding and negotiating complex issues in digital medicine requires expertise, time and dedication. But who is developing new technological possibilities, telling their stories and shaping the medical future? The immersive installation is based on reflections about researchers and their curiosity and creativity in dealing with issues that can only be penetrated through technical, scientific and mathematical understanding. The installation shows a floating human body, and looks into an organ down to a layer of tissue that, when magnified, reveals itself as the space-like environment with star-like lights in which the body floats.
The project shows different scales of the human body, from digitized microscopic lymphoma tissue examined with the molecular cytogenetic technique Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to detect abnormal changes in DNA, to 3D reconstructions of two vessel systems of a liver as well as a whole-body MRI. It launched in the Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, and simultaneously at the Media Art Nexus (MAN) at Nanyang Technological University Singaporein in 2018.
Immersive, interactive, and artistic experiences enable emotional, positive engagement with digital medicine and required STEM sciences. The goal is to add educational programs to scientifically informed art exhibitions and engage diverse audiences in the wonders of the human body and the constructive possibilities of new technologies.
The project was recognized by the scientific documentary industry and won the Industry Award for Best Infographic at Raw Science Film Festival 2019 held in Los Angeles, USA.
Credits: Fraunhofer MEVIS; Bianka Hofmann, Alexander Köhn, Mathias Neugebauer; scientific advice: Henning Höfener, Andre Homeyer, Sound: David Black; in cooperation with Media Art Nexus, Nanyang Technological University Singapore; Ina Conradi and Mark Chavez; Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) data kindly provided by ZytoVision; special thanks to Volker Diehl, Jochen Hirsch, Julian Haase, and Dagmar Weiß