Guest Post by Louise Beer
The universe had existed for billions of years before we, or anything that we know of, ever had the brain capacity to question and attempt to understand the nature and complexity of it.
Through our exploration, from the molecular level to the farthest reaches of space, I think we sometimes forget that it is the human brain’s advancement through evolution that makes our quest of knowledge possible.
Through this collaboration I am using epifluorescent microscopic photographs as a starting point, to provide an optical illusion of various mythical locations in space. However, these photographs are in fact from minute areas of a section of brain tissue. Not only are we seeing space when we look to the skies, but we are also seeing our own progress.
I found the most interesting aspect of collaborating with these scientists to be the complete contrast in ways of understanding the same image. I saw something where they saw something completely different. Where they perceived errors of process I saw a visual description of the edge of our universe. Where they could read copious amounts of scientific data, I saw obstacles and impracticalities. Drawing together two polar points of view and two completely different educational perspectives helped to define a path for making the artwork I had envisaged.
Refer to this previous post for more about Louise’s visit to use a microscope at the ANU.