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    Animating molecular life: an interview with Natasha Myers

    Mckim, Joel and Myers, N. (2017) Animating molecular life: an interview with Natasha Myers. Animation 12 (3), pp. 350-359. ISSN 1746-8477.

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    In this interview, conducted by special issue co-editor Joel McKim, anthropologist Natasha Myers discusses her ethnographic exploration of how protein modellers attempt to render visible the nano-scale molecular structures that make up cellular life. Myers reflects on the ways these scientists make use of computer animation and other forms of embodied knowledge (including movement) as essential tools that allow them ‘to see beyond the limits of vision’. McKim and Myers discuss the tensions that arise when the goal of scientific accuracy meets the forms of aesthetics and style intrinsic to these activities of modelling. Myers identifies the ‘lively mechanism’ involved in the animated machines generated by the molecular scientists she observes.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): computer animation, embodied knowledge, molecular life, protein modelling, rendering, scientific visualization
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology
    Depositing User: Joel McKim
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 08:57
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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