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Mateus-Berr, Ruth Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Mag. art.

Design4Science February 7-August 31 2008 the exhibition Design4Science were shown at the Nobel Museum. This exhibition shows how designers cooperate with researchers to illustrate and create impressions of the invisible world of molecular biology. The exhibition has been produced by Sunderland University in England. “We need images to think” (Aristotle) Illustrations, images and models have many roles to play in science. Images can help researchers to document their work when they postulate or predict what the phenomenon they are studying involves. Some of the images in the exhibition have been produced by professionals for publication in scientific journals or presentation at seminars. Others are sketches that have been created more spontaneously or home-made models. They have been used to clarify a structure or a process while the researcher has been working to acquire information from other sources. These images and models describe a world that is normally invisible to us. They are used to help us “see” and study the molecules that are the smallest units of which our cells are constructed. They can also be seen as exhibition objects, “icons” representing scientific advances. The exhibition presents images and models that mark milestones in the development of molecular biology. In it, for instance, you can see the work of some of the United Kingdom’s foremost designers, such as Andy Altmann from Why Not Associates, the interactive designer Daniel Brown and the audio designer Paul Cocksedge. It also contains the works of the prize-winners in a competition for students of design in the United Kingdom on the theme of molecular biology. Earlier design projects like dress fabric with a pattern based on the structure of haemoglobin are also on display. The exhibition has been produced by Shirley Wheeler, who is Head of Design at the University of Sunderland's School of Art, Design, Media & Culture. This is where several of the designers represented in the exhibition are active. The scientific studies on which the models are based have mainly been undertaken at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge. For the last fifty years the MRC has led developments in the new molecular biology and has produced a total of thirteen Nobel laureates. The exhibition has previously been shown in Cambridge and the Sunderland Museum and other places in the United Kingdom
Nobel Museum
Ruth Mateus-Berr
Datum, Zeit und Ort
2008-07-04 – 2008-07-04
Stockholm (Schweden)