Airborne: Professor Rob Kesseler

15.30 - 16.30 Tuesday, 6 July

A free talk, open to exhibition visitors and conference delegates

Over the past decade collaborations between scientists and artists have become increasingly popular, and sci-art something of a buzzword. Moving beyond their illustration/communication role, there is an appreciation that artists bring a whole new bag of conceptual and technological approaches that open up unexpected and meaningful dialogues, reaching audiences beyond the limitations of scientific journals.

Airborne is a recent cross-disciplinary, art and science project with Dr Louise Hughes (Oxford Instruments), that responds to factors impacting on climate change and explores the complementary approaches used by a scientist and an artist in the potential application of colour within the SEM / EDS environment. In particular, airborne pollutant particulates.

The presentation will reveal some of the outcomes in the context of other collaborations undertaken with Kew, the Max Planck Institute, Köln and the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal.

Airborne: Ilex 1

Pollutant particulates on the surface of a holly leaf. The image was collected using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry to isolate elements of Aluminium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Oxygen and Carbon. From a collaborative art and science project exploring air pollution on leaves with Rob Kesseler and Louise Hughes (Ultim Extreme EDS detector mounted onto a Tescan S 8000. EDS maps were layered over the BSE image using AZtec (version 4.1, Oxford Instruments))

Rob Kesseler, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London & Louise Hughes, Oxford Instrument

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