Microscopy for scientific and artistic purposes.
The vast majority of images from the microscale have been generated from a scientific/engineering viewpoint. With the aim of exploring other narratives, we use microscopy and biological systems in collaborative projects with artists, musicians, designers and architects.
All our images here
Making microscopes available to everyone:
With the aim of facilitating these technologies to a wider community, we are working on the construction of an open source scope and genetic material to play with (follow this project at OSF, funded by OpenPlant Open Technologies Grant). We also promote the fabrication and use of amazing scopes being developed elsewhere (links below)
We hope these instruments will contribute to the development of low cost teaching resources for high schools, DIYbio labs and biohacking spaces. This will also facilitate their use in artistic projects that would enrich our understanding of things (in the same way photography has done it).
If you want to use microscopy for a non-scientific aim and don´t have access to a microscope, get in touch.
All our work with microscopes has been possible thanks to the support, teaching and guidance of Jim Haseloff. Our work has been awarded by international contests such as Nikon Small World, Wellcome Trust Image Awards and Olympus Bioscapes, and it has been featured on several places such as BBC news, WIRED Magazine and Gizmodo, among many others.
Low Cost & Open Source Microscopy