Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dance your PhD

Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story from Joel Miller on Vimeo. University of Western Australia PhD student Joel Miller wins the Dance Your PhD competition with a fabulous stop motion animation! Reference: The … Continue reading

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Gestures are engaging

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Martina Doblin instructs her PhD student Kirralee Baker in setting up an experiment to test the capacity of algae to photosynthesize under certain conditions. Gestures add to verbal explanations. Test tubes, specimen containers, lids and pipettes are juggled and maneuvered … Continue reading

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Movement responses to data

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Drawing is a way to register a kinesthetic (bodily) response that can be experienced when observing movement:   Margaret Bowman and Linda Cairnes take turns to move and draw. Their score is ‘connectivity’. Moving and drawing enable embodiment of what … Continue reading

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Algae happiness meter

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Tiny dots engraved into green acrylic trace data from the FRRf (Fast Repetition Fluorometer). The length (x axis) of the green sheet represents a number of microsecond flashes of red light, cast from the FRRf into water. Graphs produced from … Continue reading

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Without vocabulary a place is invisible

In the Introduction to her Antarctic Dictionary (CSIRO & Museum Victoria, 2000) Bernadette Hince writes that for many people the Antarctic continent is an invisible ‘barren and useless wasteland’. She cites journalist Walter Sullivan who in 1957 proposed that until … Continue reading

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3D forms tell a story

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Scientist Jim Franklin used fluorescent acrylic to conduct experiments in transmitting sunlight. These pieces are remnants of those experiments which led to his present research into how to direct more sunlight through water to increase the breeding capacity of phytoplankton. … Continue reading

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Mapping

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A first mapping of our research process is made using Free Mind. Immediately I recognise similarities between scientific and sensory ways of knowing and question the language I use to identify them (Scientist, Designer). Scientists and designers use gestures and … Continue reading

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Living data: Birds, Fish, People

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A flock of birds and school of fish represent living data: people who inhabit space and time in Sydney. Designer Kate Sweetapple’s images for Mapping Sydney trace habitats of people with names of birds and fish. The lightness and sense … Continue reading

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Mapping flows of data – a collective effort

Simon Pockley observes that ‘expressions of Art [capital A] are by nature bounded or contained’. Can art become a more collective effort, as perhaps it was in earlier times? Do designers who visualize data lead the way in re-connecting people … Continue reading

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