Touching with the eye: Science films, embodied technology and nanoscientific data

Andrea Rassell, Jonathan Duckworth

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper


Science filmmakers have created new forms of image-based scientific data through techniques, such as stop-motion and time-lapse, predominantly using optical instrumentation. These tech-niques enable direct observation via the lenses of cameras and microscopes without further augmenting the human senses. However, these optical techniques cannot capture suprasen-sible phenomena – those that cannot be directly perceived without further translation. Observ-ing these phenomena must be technologically mediated on multiple levels via instrumentation, hardware and software, effectively disrupting the filmmaker’s experience of embodied technol-ogy, a crucial aspect of cinematographic practice. We speculate how to incorporate embodied technology that will enable filmmakers to depict suprasensible phenomena of nanoscale envi-ronments in experimental media works. This short paper details our practical experiments and experience with audio, visual and tactile representations of nano-data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia 2016 Conference
EditorsSam Hinton
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherFaculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
ISBN (Print)978-1-74088-463-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia Conference - University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 4 Mar 20166 Mar 2016


ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia Conference
Abbreviated titleEVAA 2016


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