Posts in Exhibition
Submerged // Interview with SciArt Center

My recent interview with Marnie Benney, the curator for the SciArt Center's Submerged exhibition. From the SciArt Magazine blog.

"SUBMERGED" is SciArt Center's most recent exhibition, and surrounds themes of water in its variety of forms and the creatures that inhabit it. Exhibit curator Marnie Benney asked artist and neuroscientist Luke Maninov Hammond to share a bit about his work, and the artistic and scientific processes behind it:

Marnie Benney: Can you explain the relationship between your research and chosen medium and how one informs the other?

Luke Maninov Hammond: In my area of neuroscience we are exploring unknown and invisible worlds, often for the first time. This informs my practice and helps me to reflect on designs for jewelry.  Often I simply want to share the wonder of this process through its original form, as images, in case it may stir curiosity in others as it did for me. Finding ways to transform and represent the images we generate for artistic purposes is not necessarily mutually exclusive from finding ways to explore them for scientific discovery. Our minds have a tendency to only find what they are looking for, selectivity narrowing our vision and letting unexpected discoveries pass us by. I think transitioning between science and art provides an opportunity to see these images through different lenses, helping  both my artistic practice and my work in microscopy.

In addition to this, my experience in both fields has taught me to think flexibly so that I can combine techniques in novel and interesting ways. I feel that an important aspect of creativity in both science and art stems from a deep understanding of the field and the tools available to you. While understanding a field takes time, both fields reinforce common pathways in the brain for experimenting with tools, learning what they are capable of, what their limits are, and eventually providing a proficiency to express ideas and create meaningful work.

MB: What do you think of the union of art and science?

LMH: Science is advancing at an unprecedented rate and I believe artists can play a critical role in communicating how our understanding of the world, and ourselves, is evolving. Sparking a sense of wonder, interpreting discoveries in novel ways, and raising new questions through art is important for starting conversations and building awareness of scientific advancement. Breaking down the barriers between the public and science is essential in maintaining the public’s support of research, ensuring our ability to continue improving quality of life and developing new treatments to disease. In return, science offers artists new worlds to explore, providing unfamiliar symbols and palettes ready to be reimagined and repurposed.

MB: What was your greatest learning experience when you were creating this artwork?

LMH: Learning to efficiently manipulate and represent large datasets was the most important aspect to creating these images. Capturing the images is comparatively easy now, advanced imaging devices allow us to capture huge amounts of data very quickly. For example, the camera used for these experiments can generate 400 MB/s. The real challenge is how to put these images back together into a single dataset, and critically for research, how to explore these datasets to uncover meaningful insights.

In this case, each individual fish comprises thousands of single 2D images amounting to over 20 GB of data (roughly equivalent to 7,000 smartphone photos) that needs to be combined and aligned in 3D space. To further manipulate the images requires developing custom software tools, which has become an essential and rewarding part of my work.

Observing Vision II: Created in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Ullmann at the University of Queensland's, Queensland Brain Institute.

Observing Vision II: Created in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Ullmann at the University of Queensland's, Queensland Brain Institute.

Observing Vision // SciArt Centre Exhibition

Some of the images I created while at Queensland Brain Institute have been selected for a group show alongside 20 other international artists as part of the SciArt Centre Submerged exhibition
These images were captured in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Ullmann, now a research fellow at the Boston Children's Hospital. Taking advantage of the transparent skin of the zebrafish we were able to image and observe individual brain cells,  called neurons, within the living brain. Many gigabytes of individual images were captured and reconstructed to produce the images of the brain and eyes of the zebrafish shown here. 

Observing Vision I

Observing Vision I

Images captured at high-resolution in 3D using state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopy at the University of Queensland's, Queensland Brain Institute.

at the windowsill

A huge thank-you to everyone who came out and supported me to win the Fashion Accessories Award at the Brisbane RAWards! This, and all the amazing people I’ve met through RAW, has been a truly awesome part of 2012.

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This week some of my work has been exhibited with other local artists in support of the animal welfare league – the exhibition is still on until tomorrow 4pm @ the box / west end

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@ the box west end

@ the box west end

@ the box west end

Really chuffed to work alongside these guys.. Ellie AndersonFluer CallaghanElyse EdmondsClaudia Husband, Stella Park and Reuben Warburton all included great pieces for the show – and definitely worth checking out!

Ellie Anderson // Art of Ellie

Ellie Anderson // Art of Ellie

Elyse Edmonds

Elyse Edmonds

Claudia Husband

Claudia Husband

Also this month, my work was featured in Fashion Journal

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AND thanks to the good folks over at Moustache Magazine my jewellery has appeared in one of their recent fashion shoots (shot by the talented Grace Markham) - here!

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Lastly, thanks to RAW, my work is now in the valley Incube8r. I now have various pieces about brisbane here, at the valley Artisan store and with Eba at Hanasho.

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... one last commissioned piece..

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RAW Exhibition : Provocations

the facebook page is up! – https://www.facebook.com/lukemaninovdesigns - I’m using this as a space for launching new pieces and to run a few competitions in the coming months so make sure you like it to stay in the loop.

This month I will be presenting a whole bunch of new work at the Provocations Exhibition // October 24th 8:30 pm at Oh Hello!

This is always an amazing night, with live bands and broad collection of artists so if you’re in Brisbane definitely consider coming down. You can buy tickets for the show from my profile here – http://www.rawartists.org/lukemaninov  - but I’ll be giving out some to friends so if you want to come but strapped for cash just get in touch with me in the next few weeks.

Just a quick sneak peak at some of the designs I’ve been working on…

I’ve also been working on a few custom requests lately…

To celebrate my upcoming exhibition and the launch of my facebook page this ring is now available online at my store.

Along with this one...