Erica Seccombe, Nanoplastica 2008, Edition of 5, Three channel digital animated projection installation
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Brightly translucent, Nanoplastica reveals to an audience the internal structures of curiously familiar creatures, compelling us to question if we really know what we are looking at. What we are observing in Nanoplasticais the actual volumetric data of a series of miniature plastic marine and invertebrate creatures from 3D Microcomputed X-ray Tomography.

Visually and conceptually intriguing as virtual objects, in real life these plastic animalia are no bigger than three-centimeters each and are moulded toys found inside a popular brand of chocolate. Volume rendered and animated in Drishti, a unique scientific volume exploration tool developed at the ANU, this data is not created through conventional meshframed CGI.

CREDITS

Created with Drishti and facilitated by Professor Tim Senden, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, Dr Ajay Limaye, Stuart Ramsden and Drew Whitehouse. Made at Vizlab, the ANU Supercomputer Centre 2008.

CITATIONS

  • Nanoplastica exhibition catalogue, essay by David Broker, CCAS 2008
  • Naturally Synthetic, RealTime 86, Aug-Sep 2008
  • Kirsten Rann, 'Natural Digression: To see what we don't yet know what we are seeing,'Art Monthly Australia, No.237, March 2011, p.12-14

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COLLECTIONS

  • 2008 Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, permanent collection (3 channel) 
  • 2014 New Parliament House Art Collection (single channel reformatted HD) 

EXHIBITED

  • 2006, Nanoplastica, (solo show) Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Gormon House ACT
  • 2009, BIG SCREEN at Federation Square, Melbourne as part of notes from the underground curated by Melissa Delaney
  • 2010, Linear Progressions: where art meets science, (panel selection) curated by QUT Creative Industries, screening at Precinct Parer Place, Kelvin Grove Urban Village screens, selected Screens at Gardens Point & Federation Square
  • 2011, Natural Digression at UTS Gallery, Ultimo, Sydney 
  • 2012, Nanoplastica (solo show)  at So Far the Future, London UK 
  Nanoplastica , 2008, detail of installation at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 23 May - 5 July 2008, site-dimensions; CCAS main gallery 20390 cm wide x 8750 cm depth, with a ceiling height of 4450 cm from floor to the beginning of the roof beams.

Nanoplastica, 2008, detail of installation at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 23 May - 5 July 2008, site-dimensions; CCAS main gallery 20390 cm wide x 8750 cm depth, with a ceiling height of 4450 cm from floor to the beginning of the roof beams.

 Nanoplastica on the BIG SCREEN at Federation Square 2009

Nanoplastica on the BIG SCREEN at Federation Square 2009