The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Charles Perkins Centre of The University of Sydney, and Destination New South Wales are joining forces for a series of Vivid Sydney events showcasing visualisations that are transforming how life scientists view data and communicate discoveries. Visualisation is increasingly important in life science as data grows rapidly in volume and complexity. These events will bring together the diverse community driving these creative approaches to daunting complexity, which includes experimentalists, computer scientists, illustrators, designers, and artists.
The key event is VIZBI 2017, the oldest and largest international meeting on Visualising Biological Data, which comes to Australia for the first time this year. In this three-day tour de force, 21 world-leading researchers present visualisations driving key advances across a broad range of biological research areas. The conference will be hosted at the Charles Perkins Centre in Camperdown, 14-16 June.
For the general public, there is a related event, called VizbiPlus: Bridging Science with Art, Design & Animation, featuring Dr Drew Berry -an Emmy-and BAFTA-winning biomedical animator. Entitled 'Bridging Science and Art', this evening event will showcase aesthetically rich animations explaining groundbreaking biomedical discoveries. VizbiPlus will be hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in The Rocks, 12 June.
Get hands-on experience creating insightful visualisations to untangle your data at the one-day Data Visualisation Masterclass hosted at the Charles Perkins Centre, 13 June. Attendees will have the chance to learn from visualisation experts of different fields and apply their knowledge to any kind of data.
The artistically inclined are invited to participate in the VizbiPlus Challenge, where science inspires art. Submission close 22 May, and selected artwork will be exhibited at the Spunky Bruiser Gallery in Darlinghurst from the evening launch of the 29 May until the end Vivid Sydney. Challenge winners will be announced at the VizbiPlus event, 13 June.
Celebrate with us the opening evening of the first exhibit of original artwork inspired by a series of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. The showcased artworks are selected submissions from the VizbiPlus Challenge, a competition created to encourage local artists to draw inspiration from science to produce original, novel, engaging and insightful art pieces. During the evening you will have the opportunity to meet the artists and scientists, engage in exciting conversations about their inspirations, with a glass of bubbly in your hand and music in the background. The exhibit will remain open for the entire length of Vivid, so do not miss out on being part. And if you want to find out who the challenge winner, is join us for the award ceremony that is part of the event "VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design & animation"
This is a free event but with a limited number of tickets, get yours here!
If you would like to take part in the completion, see your artwork featured in a gallery space in the heart of Sydney and get the chance to win an awesome prize, check out how to enter the challenge here
The evening begins with a keynote address from world-renowned biomedical animator Drew Berry, whose work has been exhibited at leading international museums (e.g., Guggenheim, MOMA, and the Royal Institution of Great Britain) and won many awards (including an Emmy and a BAFTA). Next, the evening features the Sydney premiere of two biomedical animations from local artists Christopher Hammang and Kate Patterson - followed by finalists in the VizbiPlus Challenge, showcasing new artwork inspired by these animations. Finally, if your own work bridges art and science, we want to hear from you. Submit an image and a short description of your work, and you could give a 30-second lightning-talk as part of the event.
Get your tickets here!
About Drew Berry
Drew Berry is a biologist-animator whose scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualisations reveal cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. Trained as a cell biologist and microscopist Drew brings a rigorous scientific approach to each project, immersing himself in relevant research to ensure current data are represented. Drew received B.Sc. (1993) and M.Sc. (1995) degrees from the University of Melbourne. Since 1995, he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Award". He collaborated with the musician Björk for the 2011 album Biophilia for which he directed the music video Hollow, which was also used in the Hollow app. In 2015 he created the Illuminarium: a six-storey revolving LED-light installation that comes to life at dusk and in the early morning hours with images and data from the frontier of medical research.
Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, 7 June 2016 - John Shine Room, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
About Bang Wong (Creative director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)
Bang Wong is the creative director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His work focuses on developing strategies to meet the analytical challenges posed by the unprecedented volume, resolution, and variety of data in biomedical research. He has written extensively about the fundamental aspects of data visualization and is the founding author of the Points of View series of articles published by Nature Methods. Bang received a Masters degree in Immunology and a Masters degree in Medical Illustration both from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Do you work with large, complex datasets? Do you want to learn how to use principles of human visual perception with modern methods and tools to create insightful visual representations of your data? If the answer is Yes, then come to our second Vivid Ideas event featuring teachers Bang Wong, Seán O’Donoghue and Christopher Hammang. Check out the program here.
7:00pm, 7 June 2015 - Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, University of Sydney
Today’s high school biology students will be tomorrow’s scientists, explorers, and environmental policy makers. To prepare them for their work, a team led by naturalist E.O. Wilson created the iBook series ‘Life on Earth’.
Presented by VizbiPlus, this event brings scientific animator Gaël McGill, who led a team of 3D animators and multimedia artists, to Sydney, to show you how they created the multimedia components of this revolutionary iBook — a digital textbook for the 21st century. Next in the program is the Sydney premiere of the latest biomedical animations from the Australia-based VizbiPlus project. Then we present the finalists in the VizbiPlus Challenge - mixing artwork inspired by science with science re-imagined as art. Finally, if your own work bridges art and science, we want to hear from you! Submit an image and a short description of your work, and you could give a 30-second flash-talk as part of the event.
About Gaël McGill, Ph.D. (President & CEO, Digizyme)
Driven by a passion for the visualization and communication of science, Gaël co-founded Digizyme while a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Gaël is Director of Molecular Visualization at Harvard Medical School where he also teaches scientific visualization. He is the creator of the online portal molecularmovies.org and the Molecular Maya software toolkit. As a technical editor for Wiley/SYBEX Publishing, he has contributed to leading Maya and ZBrush textbooks. He is also the Digital Media Director for E.O. Wilson’s ‘Life on Earth’ next-generation digital biology textbook.
This is our third year of involvement in Vivid Ideas, which is part of Vivid Sydney (22 May – 8 June), an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas — the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit www.vividsydney.com.
We are presenting a Vivid Ideas event with Gaël McGill, Tamara Munzner, and others — called Data Visualization Masterclass: principles, tools and storytelling , a unique opportunity to learn new skills for anyone working with data. Check out the program here.
Wednesday, 4. February 2015, 4:30 - 5:45 pm, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra
Christopher Hammang’s “Alzheimer's Enigma” which explores the neurons of the human brain, and reveals how normal protein breakdown processes become dysfunctional and result in plaque formation during Alzheimer’s disease.
Maja Divjak’s “The Insulin Receptor and Type 2 Diabetes”, a story about diabetes focusing on the insulin receptor structure and what might be happening in insulin resistance, based on pioneering research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
Prof. Ian Chubb Chief Scientist of Australia
Dr. Jim Peacock CSIRO
Dr. Seán O’Donoghue CSIRO & Garvan Institute
Drew Berry WEHI
Dr. Bill Wilson CSIRO
Dr. Mike Lawrence WEHI
Dr. Maja Divjak WEHI
Christopher Hammang Garvan Institute
For speaker bios, please see the 2015 VizbiPlus Animation Premiere brochure.
6:30pm, 29 May 2014 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
This event - jointly organised with Vivid Ideas explores - how science inspires art — and how art advances science — through the amazing work of David Goodsell (La Jolla, USA), as well as three new biomedical animations his work has inspired.
David's world-renowned watercolors of cells and proteins open up scope for imagination and exploration in biomedical research, a theme continued in his research, which focuses on using computer graphics and simulation to understand the molecular machinery involved in living processes.
Following David's talk, Emmy winner Drew Berry from Melbourne will show how his animation style has been influenced by David's work, and he will present the Sydney premiere of three new biomedical animations created by three apprentices he has been training. The main event concludes with a presentation of the finalists in the VizbiPlus Challenge, featuring a range of creative work inspired by these three animations.
The main event is followed by a mixer at the Vivid Ideas Exchange, located in the adjacent MCA Lounge. If your work bridges science and creativity, there will be an opportunity to introduce and exhibit your work in a 30-second "Lightning Talk" during the mixer. To take advantage of this opportunity, see the call for participation PDF.
For the creative professionals, this event provides a unique insight into the role art, animation and creativity plays outside the traditional realms of creative practice, and an opportunity to expand your work into new fields. For scientists, this is a chance to learn from an internationally-recognised master in scientific illustration, and to meet and collaborate with others in the scientific and creative communities.
This event is jointly presented by Vivid Ideas and VizbiPlus: Visualising the Future of Biomedicine, a project funded by the federal government's Inspiring Australia initiative, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI), and CSIRO.
8:30 - 11:00, 30 May 2014 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Whether you're an animator, scientist, or curious beginner with no experience with molecular structures, join this masterclass to learn from one of the world's leading biomedical artists to discover the creative potential that lies within cell walls. David will unpack the processes and challenges of working at a molecular and cellular scale, and explore the tensions between artistic licence and scientific research in the world of molecular visualisation. Through a hands-on exercises, participants will be introduced the Protein Data Bank, identify the hurdles that often stop beginners in the field, and learn to use JSMol tools to customise images to highlight different aspects of the molecular structure/function. Bring your own laptop for advice from David as you search for appropriate structures, then customize images to highlight different aspects of the molecular structure and function. You'll leave with a new appreciation of proteins, and a new set of skills to aid in scientific communication, and artistic experimentation. This will be an hands-on workshop session: bring your own laptop. A fascinating insight for anyone passionate about animation, illustration, or the physical sciences. Limited to 40 participants.
About David S. Goodsell
David Goodsell is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, LaJolla, California. His research focuses on how computer graphics and simulation are used to study structure/function relationships in key biological systems. Current projects include design of compounds to fight drug resistance in HIV, and development of AutoDock, a general computational docking method. Science outreach is also a strong focus of his lab, with projects such as the "Molecule of the Month," a feature at the RCSB Protein Data Bank that presents the structure and function of a new molecule each month, and several illustrated books on biological molecules, their diverse roles within living cells, and the growing connections between biology and nanotechnology. He has won numerous awards for his artwork, including the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and an Art in Crystallography Prize.
30 May 2013, 7:00pm - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Scientists and creative practitioners have more ways, and more reasons, to collaborate than ever before. Discover how the tools of cinematography, storyboarding, graphic design, and sound engineering are increasingly being used to communicate modern, complex science. This is opening up a whole new arena for creatives with an interest in science, and for creative scientists alike.
This event features live presentations from two world-leading biomedical animators and science communicators: Graham Johnson from the UCSF (USA) and Drew Berry—winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, a BAFTA, and an Emmy award—from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.
Following the talks, you will have a chance to network over a mixer in the adjacent MCA Lounge. There will also be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to briefly introduce their work to the audience. If your work bridges science and creativity or art, and you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please send a short description of your work (one paragraph and one PNG image) to after you have registered for this event. For details, see the Call for Participation.
This event is jointly presented by the VIVID Ideas festival and VIZBI+ Visualising the Future of Biomedicine, a new project funded by the Inspiring Australia government initiative, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI), and CSIRO.
Graham Johnson, PhD is a Certified Medical Illustrator with 15 years of professional experience. He has specialized in molecular and cellular biology since graduating from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1997. He illustrated both editions of the textbook Cell Biology by Pollard & Earnshaw as a coauthor, and has created thousands of scientific visuals ranging from journal covers to pedagogic animations and game designs. Graham currently lives in San Francisco, CA and works at UCSF as a qb3@UCSF Faculty Fellow. His PhD work in the Molecular Graphics Lab at Scripps focused primarily on developing algorithms to enable scientists and illustrators to generate, simulate, and visualize molecular models of cells. He continues to work with programmers to develop software that can interoperate the computational tools of science and art. Graham gives lectures on both molecular graphics and protein docking to structural biology/biophysics graduate students, medical illustrators, and high school students.
Drew Berry is a biologist-animator whose scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualisations reveal cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. Trained as a cell biologist and microscopist Drew brings a rigorous scientific approach to each project, immersing himself in relevant research to ensure current data are represented. Drew received B.Sc. (1993) and M.Sc. (1995) degrees from the University of Melbourne. Since 1995, he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award”.
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