March 06, 2012
Science is constantly crossing the boundaries of the previously unknown to discover new knowledge and make the unseen visible. As well as the purely scientific documentation of research topics, images with astonishing aesthetic forms and structures are also often produced - abstract works of art from a world normally hidden from the human eye.
Scientists from the 80 institutes of the Max Planck Society have contributed images from a diverse range of research fields for the exhibition. The spectrum of techniques applied includes conventional photography, colour microscopic imaging – light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy – as well as computer simulation.
Over 50 large-sized images (1.20 m x 1.20 m) are now available and have been successfully displayed in various compositions at many locations as a touring exhibition, including at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the ars electronica in Linz and the Miami Science Museum in Florida. A selection of 40 images is currently being exhibited at the Goethe Institute in Moscow.