In a conversation with Prof. Eilon vaadia

Prof. Eilon Vaadia, the director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences visited my studio earlier this week. He is a charming, brilliant brain scientist. After a long, compelling conversation, I was left with so many questions and idea threads. How do I remember how to hold a cup? How exactly do bees navigate?  How do paradigm shifts connect to my upside down people? Can we 'remember' the future? can machines develop human intelligence? I can't wait to visit him at his lab and continue our conversation. Here are some fragments from our interaction.

Paradigm shifts.

Paradigm shifts.

A note from our conversation

A note from our conversation

An inspiring conversation with Prof. Liran Carmel

A little while ago, I had the pleasure to meet a fascinating researcher who studies bioinformatics of molecular evolution and genetics, Prof. Liran Carmel. I was drawn to his research through an article in Science, written with Prof. Eran Meshorer, dealing  with reconstructing the epigenome of the Neanderthal and the Denisovan man. They compared this ancient epigenome with that of modern humans, and identified genes whose activity had been muted in comparison to our own species. my fascination with de extinction had led me to meet him, but he kindly introduced so many aspects of his research that may lead to exciting artistic exploration, that I am now back to the drawing board, to envision possible work paths. I hope that this meeting will continue and result in a new body of work.

Prof. Liran Carmel

A new beginning. In a conversation with Prof. Liran Carmel,

A diagram of Napoleon and his army During the war in Russia

 A diagram Of Napoleon and his Army during the war in Russia. Liran showed me some wonderful books dealing with visualization of time, geography and genetic research.

Edward Tufte

 Prof. Carmel showed me a wonderful survey of translating data to a visual image by Edward Tufte.

A new Vimeo page with my animations

This is a sample of animations that were a part of various installations and some background

Sub Cell is an animation loop, projected from the gut of a cement and wax sculpture. It concerns the primordial soup theory; the where and the life began on earth. The motion followed the motion of division and cloning pace of cells inside a petri dish. the drawings are of architectural parts and drawn with a quill pen.

An animation created for the solo show, The Red Queen in 2013. It was projected over a sculpture of a wasps nest, hung over deserted lab bench. Here is the story behind the installation:
A once abandoned laboratory is now inhabited by a wasp’s nest.
Drawing from the “Red Queen’s hypothesis,” (Van Valen,
1973) principle of constant transformation as a crucial tool in evolutionary development, Nivi Alroy
creates a symbiotic environment, where one life form is simultaneously dependent but also
threatens the other. Animated organisms are bursting out of an old scientific laboratory, touched
by time, bringing to mind the collision point between artificially induced life and natural habitat. (Shown in a 90 degree angle)

An animation loop by Nivi Alroy, Originally created for the solo show Food Chain, curated by Tami Katz Freiman,
as part of the Ahuvi most promising artist award show at the Fresh Paint art fair. The elements were hand drawn with a quill pen, and the animation followed the motion of a drop of water, shot in slow motion. 
The movie was projected as a part of a video- installation in a dark hallway and could only be seen through a peeping hole. Along the years, It was also projected over a bridge, a bath tub, a five story building and more.

(Here it is show in a 90 degree angle)

Movies portraying stem cell development

 

 

 

 

 

 

During my search for an animation source, that would reflect stem cell development, the motion of cell differentiation,came across some incredible footage.

The first two movies were sent to me from Prof. Eran Meshorer:

Here are some clips that depict the development of a five days embryo to a Blactocist.