Melbourne biomedical art features in multimedia work for White Night

February 16 / 175

Amy Macpherson with projected images from Under the Coverslip
Amy Macpherson with projected images from Under the Coverslip

Spectacular images captured by some of the University of Melbourne’s biomedical researchers will feature in Melbourne’s White Night celebrations this year. 

Melbourne Central’s back wall will showcase a video starring VCA alumna and talented dancer and contortionist, Amy Macpherson, while images captured by researchers have been projected over the top of Amy’s movement, creating the final striking result.

All images are drawn from Under the Coverslip, a competition run annually by students from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience in the School of Biomedical Sciences, which showcase the beauty of scientific imagery that the complex microscopic techniques produce, as well as the important research conducted by the students.

Some of the images used in the projection were part of an Engagement project by Dr Andi Horvath from External Relations and Dr Nicki Cranna from the Faculty of Medecine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The photos are part of ‘The Universe Within’ project, intended to offer audiences a glimpse into the stunning beauty that microscopes can uncover. 

“Important advances in medical diagnosis and treatment often start as an idea, becoming the genesis of a research project in a biomedical laboratory somewhere in the world,” Dr Horvath says.  “These images represent those beginnings.” 

All the images are available for viewing and download at the project’s homepage[5].

This year 220 artists will perform as part of White Night, and the cultural event is expected to attract hundreds of thousands to the CBD. Alongside the University of Melbourne’s exhibit will be an array of other installations, exhibitions, and street performances, as well as film, lighting, music, dance and interactive events. 

Entry is free, and the event runs on this Saturday February 20 from 7pm to 7am. Public transport will run throughout the night. The video will be projected throughout the night at the Melbourne Central Back Wall (211 La Trobe St, Melbourne).

Visit The Universe Within to find out more, and the White Night website to plan your night. 

Story by Bridget O’Reilly.

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