A new art exhibition is seeking to redefine the way we look
at the human body, fusing science and technology with art and animation. The Body Image exhibition, showing at UNSW Galleries in Sydney's University of New South
Wales, features works inspired by the body as well as animations meticulously
built up using medical imaging technologies such as MRI and CT scans.
In this glass-like image, artist and exhibition curator John
McGhee recreated human blood vessels, while experimenting with rendering to
show the blood flowing within.
An explosion of colour
A 3D computer visualisation of a kidney cancer cell
dividing, created by McGhee using microscopy data.
"There is a degree of ambiguity in what you're looking
at," said McGhee. "Is it art, is it science, is it technology? Well
it's all of those things. Why separate them out?
Inside the brain
According to McGhee, the Body Image
exhibition has "played with the visual rendering" of the human body,
with some images sticking with life-like recreation, and others replicating textures such as glass, wax or titanium.
In this image, McGhee has mapped the blood vessels of the
human brain to create a 3D animated projection for the exhibition.
In creating animations of the human body, such as this 'Vessel'
image, McGhee sought to render the body "in a way that not just represents
the function of these [body parts] and how they work, but also how we feel
The Fantastic Voyage
McGhee said his vision with his work is to remove the mystery around illness, diagnosis and medical imaging, taking visitors "inside the body and inside the data, a bit like 'The Fantastic Voyage'".
Kai-hung Fung/UNSW Art & Design
Hong Kong artist Kai-hung Fung created his this image --
simply titled 'Web' -- by using a 3D CT scan printed on photographic paper.
According to Body Image curator John McGhee it is works like this that blur the
lines between medical imaging and art:
"The gallery of the 21st century is becoming
that type of space -- that nexus of art, technology and science," he said.
A still image from 'Hollow', a vivid cellular animation from
artist and biomedical animator Drew Berry. The work was developed in
collaboration with Icelandic performer Björk as part of her 'Biophilia' project
-- a combined app and album that has now been curated into the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Throughout the 'Hollow' animation, which is set to Björk's
music track of the same name, Berry recreates detailed images of the inner
workings of the body, blurring the lines between medical imaging and art.