ArtSci 2001, Nov. 2-4, 2001



(conceptual artist)


Diffusion tensor image (DTI) visualization
using concepts from painting

Seven Dimensions Into Two

"Scientists Today Collect More Data Than We, as Human Beings, Can Perceive"      - Dr. Scott Fraser

Try to imagine seven 'dimensions' of information at each spatial point. Now try to imagine how to capture all that complexity in a single 2d image.  Can't do it? Nobody else could either.

Imagine locating and identifying pathology cell by cell through a 7 dimensional mri dataset, the authors, a conceptual artist and a computer scientist, along with their biology colleagues, studied mice suffering from a disease that mimics multiple sclerosis in humans. They built up computer generated visualizations using concepts from impressionist painting. Their "paintings" are consistent with differences shown histologically and suggest that their new non-invasive techniques could have early diagnostic value. In this particular case the eae lesions allowed them to diagnose the condition even before onset of the disease -- combining art and science to see where no pictures exist.

the caltech distinguished conceptual artist in biology, was born in colorado in 1960. he views technology as a synthetic form of life.  he seeks to improve our quality of life by linking the logic of biology to hypermedia, synthetic life, and immersive reality.

the artist envisions the future as a porous hybrid of mechanical, digital, and biotechnologies. he grew the first paintings from genetically engineered bacteria, and his work combining living organisms and digital media has evolved into biospace station concepts for the department of defense and visual information systems for biotechnology research.



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