Anastasia Tyurina (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)




The main purpose of my doctoral visual art project is to uncover the inherent features of water that are invisible to the eye through using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and, by doing so, to use the process of evaporation as an alternative and unusual artistic method of visually presenting the composition of water. I do so in an attempt to discover morphological features of the patterns related to water contamination and thus to turn scientific photography into a creative art form. My approach is unique in the specific way in which I use water to create images using the SEM. This process of revealing the nature of water (water chemistry) allows me to play with it like an artist. I am not aiming to produce scientific records through my use of the SEM; instead, like several artists before me, I am using scientific photography methods to create aesthetic images. My artistic intervention of a scientific process through experimenting with the SEM is a way to find what potentially different things my images can say about water to a viewer.


Anastasia Tyurina is an Associate Professor at the National Research University of Electronic Technology, Moscow, where she teaches Graphic Design and Photography. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Artistic Photomicrography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Throughout her academic and artistic career, Anastasia has been interested in obtaining new knowledge of the relationship between science and art. Therefore, she uses scientific machines, particularly X-rays devices and microscopes, in a variety of art projects. Her doctoral visual art project is concentrated in the specific area of scientific photography made by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a tool that has expanded the boundaries of observation and representation of the micro world since it was introduced to scientific research in the mid-1960s. By exploring the interplay between the indexical and iconic modalities in the process of evaluating scientific photomicrographs, Anastasia tries to imbue them with new meanings and thus turn scientific photography into a creative source of communication to a general public.



Balance-Unbalance 2017

Balance-Unbalance (BunB)
is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

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