Image and Technology

This research line aims at investigating the way in which the representative capacity of scientific and artistic images is affected by the introduction of new technologies of image production (in particular photography, cinema, video and digital). This implies the understanding of how data-images work in actual scientific practice and how image counts as visual evidence in science. In this sense, this line of inquiry has two distinct objectives: the first consists in a specific research on the unique place of photography as art of science and science of art, which requires the discussion of the different systems used in photographic representation in comparison with the traditional methods of illustration (drawing, water color, engraving, lithography). The second involves a specific research on the function and status of images as devices for seeing the invisible, a research which encompasses the history of the atom imagery as well as the history of the devices intending the visibility of the invisible. This research should also take in consideration the profound transformations that, in the historical evolution of atomism, the imagery of the atom underwent, from the more naïve representations to its culmination in Quantum Physics and at the scale of Nanosciences. In fact, special attention will be given to the most contemporary achievements in NANOIMAGES and, for that, we count with a set of important partnerships: a) the project “Imag(in)ing the Nano-scale: Interactions between Science and Art” (Norway), b) the biologist Rui Malhó (Biology Depart. Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University), c) the immunologist Bruno Santos and Luís Graça (Molecular Medicine Institute (IMM) and Gulbenkian Science Institute (IGC), d) the celebrated nano-artists Chris Robinson (USA) and Rob Kessler (UK)