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November Events

 

The exhibition "Hérve Guibert: How could it be otherwise?" at Iceberg Projects has been extended through December 10. Guibert was a French photographer and best selling author who was influential in publicizing and creating awareness of the AIDS epidemic in France during the 1980s. He died of the disease in 1991, just short of his 36th birthday.

The exhibition features 15 of his photographs and the film "Modesty or Immodesty" that depicts his struggle with AIDS and which plays continuously during the exhibition.

Icebert Projects is located at 7714 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL and is open Fridays 11am–5pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11am–6pm.

 

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Honors Artist Ellen Sandor at their 2017 Annual Dinner

 

On November 6, at its annual dinner, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists honored Ellen Sandor for her work in New Media. Founder and director of the collaborative artists’ group (art)n, she turned the early 20th century photographic process of making a 3-D image that could be viewed without glasses (originally called barrier strip autosteroegrams) into PHSColograms. These full color, digitally produced images can not only visualize works of art in 3-D but can bring scientific data into visual virtual reality—thus merging art and science to create both aesthetic and scientifically functional images.

 

Have a Nice Day, 2002

 

(art)n had a number of pieces on display at the dinner. In one that was art oriented but still relevant to science, Sandor collaborated with Martyl Langsdorf, the designer of the Bulletin’s Doomsday Clock, along with Keith Miller, Pete Latrofa, and Janine Fron, to create a piece called Have a Nice Day in 2002. The piece depicts the Doomsday Clock hovering over a mountain or butte—provoking the viewer to contemplate the potential danger of storing radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain.

Also on display, was CRISPR-Cas9: A Ray of Light from 2017, produced in collaboration with Sandor; Chris Kemp; Diana Torres; Azadeh Golizadeh; Jennifer Doudna, Principle Investigator at the Doudna Lab: RNA biology at UC Berkely; and Megan Hochstrasser, Science Communications Manager at the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley. This piece portrays the different stages of the CRISPR genome editing technology that enables the replacement of harmful mutations. Another purely scientific image was The Magnificent Micelle from 2013 was created in collaboration with Sandor; Chris Kemp; Diana Torres; Mathew Tirrell, Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago; and Peter Allen, Scientific Visualization Director at the University of California—Santa Barbara. This work depicts a self-assembling multifunctional lipid-based nanoparticle.

Sandor was also honored in 2016 as the Fermilab’s artist in residence. A number of pieces from the body of work resulting from that appointment were also on display, including Binary Bypass: Neutrinos for Data Communication and Bubble Chamber Beginnings: Revisiting the Vintage.

(art)n has also branched out into goggle-based virtual reality. They showed a piece, specially made for the evening. As a homage to Martyl, Have a Nice Day II: VR Tour Through the Decades, 2017, (Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, Diana Torres, and Azadeh Gholizadeh, (art)n Code by William Robertson, Co-Founder/CTO Digital Museum of Digital Art) was produced 15 years after the original ‘Have a Nice Day,' this new work features her landscape paintings, the Doomsday Clock, and archived concerns from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Viewers can select a year, and then be transported into a 3-D world that signified the doomsday risk present in that year.

 

Have a Nice Day II: VR Tour Through the Decades, detail, 2017, virtual reality installation with Unity and Oculus Rift

 

 

CRISPR-Cas9: A Ray of Light, 2017

The Magnificent Micelle, 2013,
one of three panels

 

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