Domenico Barra

Napoli, Italy

Adipocytes - (Biologlitchy)

"Human stem cells were extracted from abdominal liposuction and, then, were induced to differentiate into adipocytes (or, if you prefer, fat cells :) ) by using very efficient drugs. After two weeks of differentiation, the lipids produced by differentiated cells into adipocytes were stained by using a lysochrome diazo dye, named Oil Red O. This technique is known as histology staining. Then, the image has been acquired by using a fluorescent microscope equipped with a 10x objective and a color camera."

The original image was glitched to alter the actual state of the image internal skeleton and the structures by which the pixels are together. The technic used for the glitch is called databending, a process by which it is possible, thanks to the use of various softwares not especially designed for image editing like hex editor and music softwares, to add, substitute or delete the fundamental binary data that constitutes a digital file. The image file format was converted and glitched in this sequence from a starting .jpg only to be converted again to a .jpg to be published online. The sequence is: .jpg > .rgb > .jpf > .iff > .aic > .raw > .tiff > .jpg
The aim of this project is to put together a scientific research method like staining and a glitch art technic like databending as both have the goal of revealing the beauty of invisible universes to human eyes.
This work is a collaboration with Valeria Panzetta, Junior Postdoc.

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