For the third consecutive year, Camera Arts and other HSLU D&K students have collaborated with the NOMIS Foundation in making video portraits of NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardees. This year, we travelled to Princeton, Pasadena and Zürich to portray the 2019 awardees: Janet Currie, Antonio Rangel and Adriano Aguzzi.
Ranging from big-data research into child health, and exploring the algorithms the brain uses to make simple decisions, to figuring out the way proteins facilitate degenerative processes in Alzheimer’s disease, our team found themselves immersed in the fascinating world of science and foundational research. Two Camera Arts students, and students from Video and the MA Film collaborated on making three short movies, which will be presented at the award ceremony on October 10th in the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zürich. The team was assisted by D&K alumni illustrators and sound designer, and guided by Camera Arts’ transmedia teacher Max Bruinsma and German documentary film maker Christian Gropper.
As part of Camera Arts‘ ongoing and expanding „Imagining Science“ program, the NOMIS project offers participants a unique chance to travel, meet high-level scientists and develop visual languages to illuminate their explorations to a broader audience. A genre of contemporary visual storytelling, „Imagining Science“ aims at bridging the gap between often highly abstract foundational scientific research and the public discourse on science’s impact on our daily lives. By not only describing the research, but also showing the personal motivations and characters of the researchers, the NOMIS movies stress the human and social value of curiosity, imagination and dedication.
Professor of neuropathology and director of the Institute of Neuropathology at the University of Zürich, CH.
NOMIS research project: Exploring the Locales of Cognitive Decline: Cellular and Molecular 3D Atlases of Brain Pathology in Aging and in Neurodegeneration