In this episode we look in on the love affair between the science of atoms and fiction – from crystallographers’ most inventive models of the invisible sub-microscopic world to the atomic dramas chronicled in artist Tacita Dean’s film The Structure of Ice. We hear from Science Museum curator Boris Jardin, an expert not only on crystallography models but also on the relationship between art and science, and Emily reflects on the place of imaginative speculation in science and design with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, an artist and designer who makes a career of walking the line between science and fiction.
See more pictures of the ingenious, sculptural models Boris talks about on the show and find out about the Science Museum’s exhibition of crystallography models that he curated here.
Learn more about Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s ‘Designing for the Sixth Extinction’ project, ‘E.chromi’ and more on her website http://www.daisyginsberg.com. She has a new book out, Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature published by the MIT Press.
A version of Emily’s essay at the beginning of this show originally appeared in Tombolo, a journal of design and culture. Read it here.