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.
Rob Kesseler is a visual artist and Emeritus Professor of Arts, Design & Science at Central Saint Martins, London. For the past twenty years he has worked with botanical scientists and molecular biologists around the world to explore the living world at a microscopic level.