Digital expolration from Advanced Imaging experiments

Lets experiment, lets play


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14 SEPTEMBER 2017 LONDON, ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS,  DECORATIVE AWARDS (http://www.darcawards.com/decorative)
Brain Container, UK
ART: Best Light Art Scheme – Low Budget
Location: Blackpool, UK
Lighting Design: Jo Berry Design
Client: Arts Council England Funded Project, Blackpool Council, Arts for Health
Main Lighting Suppliers: Lightworks, Blackpool Illuminations

‘Brain Container’ is a lit, moving art installation housed in a customised cargo container, which acts as a giant interactive light box. The piece is made up of a series of thirty-six cast acrylic discs that
are hung, lit and rotated. The discs, which feature images of the human brain, are made up of a series of laser cut coloured Perspex panels that have been glued together and then cast in clear acrylic.
The casting process causes the Perspex to crack and to melt in quite an unpredictable way but with very interesting effects that enhance the laser cut artwork.

The laser cut layered artwork was inspired by the exploration and re-interpretation of a series of different brain images (neuroscientific research) undertaken by Dr. Palaniyappan, a psychiatrist involved in the care of young persons who experience psychosis for the first time. His research involves the study of the road maps of the brain; these are the pathways that enable efficient communication among the billions of brain cells in the brain.

The artwork has been lit and installed by Blackpool Council’s Illuminations team and forms an exciting part of the Illuminations display supervised by Richard Ryan of Lightworks’ Illuminations.The lighting consisted of a combination of coloured sequenced LEDs lighting tracks (floor lit) with blue strobe lights to light up the fluorescent Perspex used. The light sequence changed from blue to pink to red to peach and incorporated hues of each respective colour to create a dynamic yet subtle lighting sequence. The installation incorporated a sound piece composed by Angela Slater.

Developmental drawings


Cumulus Design for Everything @ HDKI Hong Kong

Since September 2015 I have been going into three different laboratories to gain first-hand experience of working with research scientists who use advanced imaging as an important visual tool in their scientific investigations. The aim of this research is to build reciprocal relationships with my scientific collaborators to extend knowledge through interaction and to find out if it is possible to generate new insight through conducting an in-depth visual investigation.

The research has extended my knowledge and appreciation of cutting-edge imaging experiments, scientific procedures, technical and analytical methods employed by scientists that I have experienced while in the field. One common rationale is the study of beauty and complex systems. Scientific data, including cells, animal and
natural structures has been collected. This data is being reprocessed through innovative creative strategies and digital manipulation to produce new graphic artwork. Strategies are now being developed and detailed which test how this visual artwork can be disseminated to different audiences and how its impact can add to
knowledge. This activity is revealing how art can be used as a vehicle to create a ‘space’ for new interaction with scientific data to engage the general public.

Collaborative projects include:
Experiencing internal structures of cells using microscopy from different imaging technologies, the Cell Signalling and Pharmacology Group, University of Nottingham.

Versatile imaging as a three-dimensional sketch at the Core Research Laboratories Imaging and Analysis Centre,Natural History Museum, London.

Dermal drug delivery – How to increase bioavailability in viable skin. A multidisciplinary project at the Centre for Cellular Imaging, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University in collaboration with Chalmers University and Malmo University.

Methodology:
A collaboration with scientists to gather data for image exploration, iteration and aesthetic decision making. Extending the visual themes of play, colour, movement, mapping, structure and pixelation. To produce static and moving imagerepresentations for a range of outputs including, exhibition, publications and social media. To generate research and
artwork that has an impact at an individual, local, national and international level.


LightPool Festival 2016: Artists to bring Blackpool Illuminations to life through new celebration of

LightPool Festival 2016: Artists to bring Blackpool Illuminations to life through new celebration of light
Internationally-renowned artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, Steve Messam and Compagnie Bilbobasso have been confirmed for the inaugural LightPool Festival.
Brain container is part of this festival .

Science and art in harmony

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Link http://issuu.com/universityofgothenburg/docs/guj4-2016?e=14344787/39234113

 

VaroomLab Journal Issue four - Visionaries

http://theaoi.com/varoom-mag/article/varoomlab-journal-issue-four/

Including papers on the illustrated map as a mode of communication, tracing the link between visionary J.G. Ballard and the cultural and virtual fabric of 2015, drawing and the digital networks of the contemporary urban landscape, and imagining an alternative future for arts education. A film on the manifestations of vision in contemporary illustration practice is also included.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Slater

Graham Elliot interviewed by Stephanie Black

Peer Reviewed Papers

Matthew Richardson: Myths of the near Future: Ballard, Crusoe and Google

Richard Hudson-Miles: Illustration; Education; Revolution

Andy Davies: Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a mode of communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling

Presented Papers

Gareth Proskourine-Barnett: Paradise Lost: Documenting Birmingham’s Central Library

Rachel Gannon and Darryl Clifton: Immaterial Boundary (Film)

Chloe Regan: Illustrator as Detective: Discovery through Drawing

Jo Berry: ‘The in-betweener’

Christian Lloyd: Performing in a do-It-yourself nudie suit

Jo Hassel: Off her hostess-trolley: Telling it a different way

Alice Moloney: A new breed: How should we champion the mavericks and pioneers of the illustration industry?

Aidan Winterburn: Self-Reflexivity and Contemporary Illustrated Children’s Books

http://theaoi.com/varoom-mag/article/varoomlab-journal-issue-four/

Art made from live scientific images

I have been gaining first-hand experience of working with research scientists who use Advanced Imaging as a major part of their research at the University of Nottingham Life Sciences, Cell Signalling and Pharmacology Group; the Natural History Museums Core Research Laboratories Imaging and Analysis Centre and the University of Gothenburg, Centre for Cellular Imaging, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg.
The Scientists and Advanced Imaging Specialists I am working with have designed practical scientific activities to help me, an image-maker understand the reasons, methods and actions of their research-in-action. Since 2015, through going into these laboratories, observing and reporting on what is seen I am gaining a deeper understanding of why these scientists use advanced imaging as a major part of their research. These techniques and technologies are not normally accessible to non-scientific specialists yet they present a rich under-explored area for artistic exploration, offering new knowledge in terms of scientific processes, modes of observation, methodologies and software.

This reflexive methodology of creative process in action is being used to cross-reference all aspects of this research activity to establish connections and define what new knowledge can be gained to help frame this critical theoretical review. The materials gathered (scientific data, acquired images, documentation, written notes) have been used to create a new series of visual outputs from different microscopic techniques. Images both static and moving are being reprocessed using scientific computer software and the Adobe digital-suite to generate new visual translations from this scientific material.

Academic Poster @ Wellbeing Conference Birmingham City University 2016

Brain Container” is a lit, moving art installation housed in a customised cargo container;a giant interactive light box. The work created aimed to raise awareness of and de-stigmatise mental illness through showcasing the aesthetic properties of neuroimaging.The Project involved working closely with the Translational Neuroimaging group at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University in order to [1] gain an understanding of the neuroscientific advances made in the field of psychosis research [2] observe both current treatment approaches and approaches that are in development [3]study the perceptions of both patients, their carers and the public with regard to experiencing an episode of psychosis.
The research and creative process culminated in a site specific installation that explores the creative reinterpretation of neuroimagirng materials made as part of a project for Blackpool Illuminations funded by ACE, 2014. Brain container included sound and light,
interpretation material and educational workshops with Arts for Health. Supported by Arts Council England.

Hijacking Natural Systems’ was a collaboration with leading biomedical researchers at the University of Nottingham where JB spent six-months working in their labs.The work focused on understanding the events that happen inside cells in response to Grehlin, and how this information could be used to develop drugs that turn hunger on and off as possible treatments for obesity and diabetes. The research and artwork produced provides a visual interpretation of how the hunger hormone Grehlin stimulates the body’s cells. Reinterpretation of research material as art for public dissemination included exhibitions, BBC Big screen (Derby Leicester), Films and animation, Billboard and Bus stop designs, Vinyl Art work, accompanied by interpretation material and educational workshops with a wide range of people. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

http://reflections-magazine.com/creating-superb-art-from-scientific-studies/

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http://theaoi.com/varoom-mag/article/v31-varoomlab-visionaries-scientific-images/

http://theaoi.com/varoom-mag/article/v31-varoomlab-visionaries-scientific-images/

Braincontainer back for Blackpool Illuminations 2015









A new intellectual art exhibit which studies the power of the human brain is set to open on Blackpool Promenade.
“Brain Container” is a lit, moving art installation housed in a customised cargo container; a giant interactive light box.
Designed by artist Jo Berry, the piece is made up of a series of thirty-six cast acrylic discs that are hung, lit and rotated.
The discs, which feature images of the human brain, are made up of a series of laser cut coloured Perspex panels that have been glued together and then cast in clear acrylic from this series of design drawings.
The artwork has been lit and installed by Blackpool Council’s Illuminations team and forms an exciting new part of this year’s display.
Richard Ryan, Head of Blackpool Illuminations said: “ It’s been very rewarding working with Jo again on the Brain Box, it represents another change of style for the illuminations, combining a serious message with a gorgeous piece of illuminated art and the crowds around it nightly testify to its interest”
Cllr Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “The Brain Container is another fine addition to our Illuminations display.
It continues our efforts to try to make the Illuminations display more interactive by getting people out of their cars and onto the Promenade to explore interactive displays.
I look forward to visiting it myself and I thank Jo Berry for coming up with such an exciting and challenging concept.”
Originally from Lancashire, Jo used to visit Blackpool Illuminations as a child and is a lifelong fan
In 2012 for the Illuminations Centenary Celebrations she designed the Fluted Pylons sited near the Cenotaph and North Pier, which were inspired by the original Fluted Pylons of 1912 and the 1930s design drawings which are still held in the Blackpool Council archives.
The display is set to music with composer, Angela Slater, having designed the accompanying sound in response to imagery she viewed in Jo’s studio.
A poem in response to the work has also been written by James Nunn-Menson, a young creative writer that Jo met through the Psychosis Research Advisory Group held at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.

The project was Lottery funded through Arts Council England and supported by Blackpool Council, the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health.

Brain Container












Photos Alan Fletcher @ashotinthedark.co.uk
I have been up in Blackpool tonight with the photographer Alan Fletcher. Lots of people have been taking a long time to look at the work, listen to the sound piece (Thank you Angela Slater) and watch the discs rotate and the lights change. I not only love the interior I also love the Arrow on top of the Brain Container,  to tempt you to view. Thank you Richard Ryan and all at Lightworks’ for helping to create such a great piece of work.

Heres the interview from Fred Aldous, Manchester:  http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/blog/2014/09/19/jo-berry-brain-container/

http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/News/2014/September/Brain-Container-Illuminations-exhibit-set-to-open.aspx#.VBt23qsdJJ8.facebook

A new intellectual art exhibit which studies the power of the human brain is set to open on Blackpool Promenade.
“Brain Container” is a lit, moving art installation housed in a customised cargo container; a giant interactive light box.
Designed by artist Jo Berry, the piece is made up of a series of thirty-six cast acrylic discs that are hung, lit and rotated.
The discs, which feature images of the human brain, are made up of a series of laser cut coloured Perspex panels that have been glued together and then cast in clear acrylic from this series of design drawings.
The artwork has been lit and installed by Blackpool Council’s Illuminations team and forms an exciting new part of this year’s display.
It opens on Monday September 22 with an official opening with Jo at 6pm.
Richard Ryan, Head of Blackpool Illuminations said: “ It’s been very rewarding working with Jo again on the Brain Box, it represents another change of style for the illuminations, combining a serious message with a gorgeous piece of illuminated art and the crowds around it nightly testify to its interest”
Cllr Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “The Brain Container is another fine addition to our Illuminations display.
It continues our efforts to try to make the Illuminations display more interactive by getting people out of their cars and onto the Promenade to explore interactive displays.
I look forward to visiting it myself and I thank Jo Berry for coming up with such an exciting and challenging concept.”
Originally from Lancashire, Jo used to visit Blackpool Illuminations as a child and is a lifelong fan
For the past fifteen years she has been producing artwork that uses light, digital drawings and animations.
In 2012 for the Illuminations Centenary Celebrations she designed the Fluted Pylons sited near the Cenotaph and North Pier, which were inspired by the original Fluted Pylons of 1912 and the 1930s design drawings which are still held in the Blackpool Council archives.
She is currently the artist in residence at Lakeside, the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre where she is working collaboration with Dr Lena Palaniyappan a psychiatrist involved in the care of young people who experience psychosis for the first time and Dr Victoria Tischler, Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham.
He uses neuroimaging – pictures which show the brain’s function – to better understand this condition.
Jo has produced a series of digital design drawings from a range of neuroimages from Dr Lena Palaniyappan research to create images for the art installation.
The display is set to music with composer, Angela Slater, having designed the accompanying sound in response to imagery she viewed in Jo’s studio.
A poem in response to the work has also been written by James Nunn-Menson, a young creative writer that Jo met through the Psychosis Research Advisory Group held at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.
An important part of this project was working with the Arts for Health Groups in Blackpool and Nottingham.
Jo explained: “The people I worked with were magnificent and very creative.
They produced a wide range of rich, beautiful and witty artwork, creative writing and light boxes.”
The project was Lottery funded through Arts Council England and supported by Blackpool Council, the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health.

Light up your dogs with LeftCoast and LumiDogs

Plus take part in our special doggie fashion parade on the 20 September to win pet themed prizes and be crowned “LumiDogs

Artwork featured on BBC4 Beauty of Anatomy part 5 10th September 2014 @8.30pm

The world’s most famous study of the human body is Gray’s Anatomy. The accuracy of the descriptions and the stark beauty of the illustrations made it an instant bestseller. Adam Rutherford tells the story of how, in just three years, Dr Henry Gray and Dr Henry Carter put it together based on dissections they personally performed.
A new 5 part series for BBC4 called the Beauty of Anatomy which covers anatomical artwork from Galen and Da Vinci up to Gray’s Anatomy.  The series is being presented by Dr Adam Rutherford and explores the relationship between science and art.  At the end of our episode on Gray’s Anatomy we talk briefly about how that relationship between science and art continues today, with artists now working with modern ways of visualising the body such as scans, microscopes, DNA etc. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gvbdt

Brain Container

Launch of Brain Container

Monday, September 22nd at 4.30pm
Claremont Park Community Centre, The Old Library, Claremont Road,
Blackpool, FY1 2QJ

Introduction by Jo Berry followed by Hot Pot Supper and coach
transport to the promenade for the Brain Container switch on.
RSVP:artsdevelopment@blackpool.go.uk

Working with the artist Jo Berry has enabled me to visualise mental illness in a different way, to recognise
the power of art making in those with mental health problems, and to wonder at the natural beauty of the
brain, arguably the most enigmatic organ in the human body.
Dr Victoria Tischler, Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences, Institue of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.

Sound Composed by Angela Slater
Lit and Installed by Lightworks Blackpool Illuminations

Wide Open Digital 2” showcases 80 exceptional artists from 17 countries, and includes 436 fantastic

“Wide Open Digital 2” showcases 80 exceptional artists
from 17 countries, and includes 436 fantastic images.

The Exhibit is now online, and you can visit the Exhibit via the following
link to their website:

http://www.digitalartscalifornia.com

PRESS Launch Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Council 17th July 2014

Brain Box (re: Brain Container) You might need to be a brain box yourself to get in tune with the concept of this piece of art, but here goes! Designed by artist Jo Berry, the Brain Box will be situated at the Cliffs in Bispham. Berry, artist in Residence at Lakeside, the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre, has been studying “neuroimaging” – pictures which show the brain’s function. The installation will be house in a customized cargo container and will act as a giant interactive light box. People will be able to walk up to the container and view the work. The artwork designed to be placed into this space will involve a series of thirty six cast acrylic discs which will be hung, lit and rotate. The discs will be made of a series of laser cut layered and coloured digitally drawn images describing different sections of the brain. The work will be lit with an interactive light sequence. Here are a few photographs of one of twelve hanging discs:






http://www.creativereview.co.uk/feed/june-2014/04/brain-container-digital-design-drawings

http://www.creativereview.co.uk/feed/june-2014/04/brain-container-digital-design-drawings
See News Feed images at Creative Review June 2014

Brain compilation digital images









Photo snaps of new cast acrylic pieces

Assembling: new laser cut layered drawing at the Lakeside, Nottingham University


Photos taken of me in my studio by Alan Fletcher.

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Eight Light boxes and ten digital prints will be displayed within this exhibition of light.









Synthesis, Current Exhibition at the Forefront Collective, sponsored by Manchester Science Festival

This futuristic exhibition aims to bring science to life through visual and three-dimensional art, and hosts the work of international artists alongside new graduates of the art/science hybrid. As well as the many installations, paintings, sculptures and visual cinematic experiences, the exhibition also offers a programme of events including talks by exhibiting artists and hands-on activities to help families and children learn more about art and its relationship to science. Participant artists: Luke Jerram, Ginza Czarnecki, Jo Berry, Antony Clarkson, Paul Digby, Eddy Dreadnought, Valerie Halliwell, Karen King, Tracie Shaylor, Ivan Smith, Lizz Tuckerman, Janine Williamson plus three new graduates: Michael Kelly, Louise Mackenzie and Ian Rayer-Smith. Funded by Arts Council England.





http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/synthesis
http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/synthesis-opening
http://www.forefrontcollective.co.uk/current-exhibitions/

Jo Berry’s Brain Mapping exploration Funded by Arts Council England


Digital drawing developments: Layering and re drawing more accurately for laser cutting :




Drawing 2:










JB is keen to develop strong relationships with Scientists at Nottingham University and diversify her knowledge through working with cutting edge research imaging projects. She has identified the Institute of mental Health an Internationally respected research organization at the forefront of medical knowledge in Mental Health to work with This future research period aims to extend and develop another aspect of scientific discovery through strong collaboration with scientists working on mental health disorders who use the latest technologies to understand functioning in the brain, specifically psychosis

The three themes that have been identified 1] Salience Network theme and its crucial switching mechanisms that activate two modes of thinking and behavior. 2] Anatomical theme, JB will look at Brain structures, investigating different folding patterns of the brain (normal and abnormal folding patterns), Investigate the Cingulam and Insula (structural differences between normal and abnormal brain structures) and brain stem which is not affected by psychosis. 3] Chemical theme, looking at both the positive and negative effects of dopamine and glutamate on the brains function .

The project aims to engage teenagers and families in Nottingham and Blackpool, two areas with high levels of risk factors for psychosis. ( JB has strong links with Blackpool Arts Team having successfully completed a Public Art Commission there last year for the Centenary Illuminations and will get strong support from them to realize an ambitious exhibition outcome in Blackpool which can be toured Nationally.)
1. The Exhibition will be part of Blackpool Illuminations September 2014 – November 2014. Lit Artwork will be designed to be placed in a Customised Cargo Container (An alternative Gallery Space) in a high profile venue in Blackpool. Potential sites in Blackpool are the new Blackpool Gateway site, completed 2014, or St Johns Square, or Blackpool Promenade. The Cargo Container artwork can be viewed both 24 hours a day.

The digital design drawings created, inspired by the neuroscientific images and data from this research period will be developed into a series of three dimensional prototype models. These will be further developed into a series of new fiberglass sculptural light pieces and laser cut cast acrylic artworks designed to inhabit this alternative public art space. 

Digital design drawings will be printed onto metal sheets fitted onto the inside and outside of the cargo container to relate neouroscientific data and imagery to more abstract sculptural artistic interpretations..

JB in collaboration with the scientists, will create visually exciting, informative interpretation panels which explain the research processes and artistic journey JB has undertaken during this project
2. “Jo Berrys’ Brain mapping Shop” September 2014 –November 2014
An empty shop, which will be transformed into “Jo Berrys’ Brain mapping Shop during the exhibition in the cargo container to add interest and longevity. This project will showcase artwork created by JB and all participants of the workshops offered during this project, including Service user groups such as the Thursday Group in Nottingham and the general public in Blackpool.
The artwork generated will be inspired by the rich visual images and information available from JB working with the Neuroimaging Group at IMH, and QMC. JB will present the images and the project and will work with participants to develop a series of artworks’ that are inspired by this research. Processes will include printmaking, textiles, light boxes and animation storyboards.

Artist in Residence Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University








Light Up, Solent Showcase, Southampton Solent University


Installation of Fluted Pylons 2012 for FLUTED PYLON SWITCH ON PRINCESS PARADE PROMENADE BLACKPOOL






Linzi Cason Images

Light Fantastic :Blackpool Illuminations Public Engagement Workshops

Week 1 -drawing from the archive collections -white on black, felt tips, paint, inks and photocopies to make Illuminated Drawing/design ideas

Week 2- Creating small scale design ideas using Lee Filters, spray paint, felt tips and light..using the over head projector to illuminate designs

Week 3 -Creating Finished Lightbox Designs to be displayed on Refurbished Light boxes, lit with fluorescent lights.


Blackpool Illumination Public Art Commission and Art engagement project for Illuminations Centenary

Design drawings for the beautiful Fluted Pylons coming to Blackpool in September 2012 for the 100th Anniversary of Blackpool Illuminations its a dream job..its been so exciting and I can’t wait until they are fabricated ..

Photographic and drawn images from 1938 Courtesy: Blackpool Illumination Archive plus, Jo Berrys’ design drawings:








Bridging the gaps Project at Loughborough University




Hijacking Natural Systems blog and other imagery


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Art meets Science what an adventure..


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In a nut shell, the scientists’ I am working with are trying to understand cell ‘messaging’ and ‘signalling’  through investigating how certain hormones can cause an individual cell to ‘switch on’ and ‘switch off’ a signal when a medicine is introduced. I have been doing a range of experiments in the Laboratory and on the Microscope looking at how live cells react and operate when hormones, such as Ghrelin and other compounds are introduced. Ghrelin and the other compounds I am investigating are ‘hunger hormone’  which the scientists are investigating to see how successful it can be used to switch ‘on’ and ‘off’ hunger;  just think about the potential of that in our ever increasing ‘waistline’ society. 

What I have come to realise is that one little cell is an incredibly complex living organism and that the scientists through researching cells in detail and how medicines can work in them can change the nature of how they function in a very controlled manner.

As part of this project I am currently producing a series of exploratory digital design drawings and animations for an exhibition in Derby in July 2011, all the work produced is inspired by working in the Department of Cell Signalling.

Opportunities and Digital Education Projects in response to Working with Cell Signalling


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