Microscopic Leaps is a short film produced by Markos Kay created exclusively for Sedition. In the work, Kay presents a 3D animated world in which complex cellular forms evolve and interact. The work is inspired by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Eric Betzig’s work on fluroescence mircoscopy, which made visible a groundbreaking picture of complex cellular processes and forms. In his homage to Bertzig, Kay worked with the scientist’s tomographic technique, which records biological processes using light-sheets. The artist then recreated these recordings as 3D simulations which were then used to extract final images for print. Microscopic Leaps was created out of these simulation experiments. The piece explores the self-reflective, exploratory, mundane and spectacular nature of simulations that are so intrinsic to the construction of scientific fact.
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