Brightly translucent, Nanoplastica
reveals to an audience the internal structures of curiously familiar creatures, compelling us to question if we really know what we are looking at. What we are observing in Nanoplastica is the actual volumetric data of a series of miniature plastic marine and invertebrate creatures from 3D Microcomputed X-ray Tomography.
Visually and conceptually intriguing as virtual objects, in real life these plastic animalia are no bigger than three-centimeters each and are moulded toys found inside a popular brand of chocolate. Volume rendered and animated in Drishti, a unique scientific volume exploration tool developed at the ANU, this data is not created through conventional meshframed CGI.
Created with Drishti and facilitated by Professor Tim Senden, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, Dr Ajay Limaye, Stuart Ramsden and Drew Whitehouse. Made at Vizlab, the ANU Supercomputer Centre 2008.
Nanoplastica exhibition catalogue, essay by David Broker, CCAS 2008
Naturally Synthetic, RealTime 86, Aug-Sep 2008
Kirsten Rann, 'Natural Digression: To see what we don't yet know what we are seeing,' Art Monthly Australia, No.237, March 2011, p.12-14
Nanoplastica, (solo show) Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Gormon House ACT, 24 May - 5 July 2006
Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, 2008 permanent acquisition and display
BIG SCREEN at Federation Square, Melbourne as part of notes from the underground curated by Melissa Delaney, 5-20 November 2009
Linear Progressions: where art meets science, (panel selection) curated by QUT Creative Industries, screening at Precinct Parer Place, Kelvin Grove Urban Village screens, selected Screens at Gardens Point & Federation Square, 14th – 22nd August 2010.
Natural Digression at UTS Gallery, Ultimo, Sydney 8 March - 8 April 2011
Nanoplastica (solo show) at So Far the Future, London UK, 21-23 June 2012
Ocular (Alsager Art Centre, UK, 2006)
Ocularanagluphos (Time & Vision, UK, 2012)
Nanoplastica screen print editions (Megalo Residency 2007)
Duration of discs: (pre HD)
Session 1: 10min 50 sec
Session 2: 9 min
Session 3: 11 min 30 sec
Price on application