Every field of science has its own beauty. Anatomy and histology, as the description of the morphology of the human body at macroscopical and microscopical level, is also beautiful. This has been used by artists for thousands of years. However, it was not known that many times they depicted structures invisible to the human eye. This raises the possibility that what we, humans, find „beautiful”, is already inside us, and nature has created nearly all forms that artists intentionally or unintentionally create as beautiful. Within morphological sciences, one of the most beautiful fields is neuronal morphology. This implies that beautiful are the organ and cells that make us percieve, realize and think about beauty. Knowing one side of the story as a neuroscientist and anatomist, the pieces of art offered thousands of similarities. Neuroscience and art are put in parallel. On one side you will find a microscopical or macroscopical preparation of the brain or other neuronal structures, while the other side will show a piece of art with remarkable resemblance.
After graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford University, Rebecca studied Objective Life Drawing and Painting at the Slade School of Art and Anatomy at the Princes Drawing School. Subsequently, she took classes in expressive life drawing with two tutors from the Royal College of Art. After living in Madrid for four years – where she gained a diploma in Painting Processes and Techniques at San Fernando Arts Academy - Rebecca has returned to London where she has her studio. Rebecca has exhibited her work in London, Madrid, Northern Spain, Athens and Ireland.
Bertalan Andrásfalvy finished medical school in Pecs, in 1996. Andrasfalvy has worked in Tokyo, New Orleans, Janelia Farm (HHMI) as a scientist. Ever since he spent week-ends and holidays to carve stone, create sculptures or jewelries. Many of his creations are exhibited in research institutes, or art lover scientist and private collectors. Since 2011, he lives in Budapest doing research and making sculptures. He works MTA KOKI Lendület Laboratory of Neuronal Signaling, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
Ludic creations are born from contentment while trials and tribulations induce a state of mind capable of conceiving the transcendental.
Attila Bárdosi is a pathologist and neuropathologist in Center for Histology, Cytology and Molecular Diagnostics, Trier, Germany. He creates art works from histology. He has had several art exhibitions and published poetry with illustrations of these creations.
Abstraction? Fantasy? Playfulness? Free association? A little bit of these is enough to get distanced from reality, even if only for a little while, for the time we take a picture or look at one. The number of variations is endless, just as the effect a picture can have on us. This always depends on the situation or our mood in a given moment. A brushstroke is yellow today, but can be black tomorrow. Maybe we see an eagle in a conventional design today but it becomes a phoenix tomorrow. This is how these presented works have been reated. An MRI picture, conveying dry scientific information, or a histological picture ceases to exist and becomes, through the artist’s mood and fantasy, an esthetic creation and something unexpected. And the same happens by the viewer: something new can be born that was unseen by the creator. Looking at these pictures, you may see what I did not see. And it becomes your picture!
Attila Bárdosi – Dóra Reglődi
A main characteristics of the living tissue is its continuous transformation, without which life would not be possible. This is true for all living beings, including humans. However, it does not mean that this metamorphosis ceases to exist with our death: life is a spiral with no beginning or end, only its form changes. What this change means at cellular level, whether it has beneficial or deleterious effects, is determined by internal/genetic and environmental factors. These transformations can provide the source for visual experiences, which can be filled with new, sometimes surprising content at the end of this (re)creation.
This is how the works presented here, by the pathologist Attila Bardosi and the anatomist Dora Reglodi, were born. The original works were the normal and pathological structures seen in histological slides. Using digital painting, “histo-graphics”, the histological pictures were changed. This can be called articifial metamorphosis, through which the original scientific information was lost and novel esthetic forms were born.
Joe Petersburger (a.k.a. József L. Szentpéteri) is a biologist and contributing photographer for National Geographic. Received M.Sc. for animal behavior and Ph.D. for plant taxonomy & phylogenetic research. His scientific education related publications exceed 70 million printed copies worldwide. He is concentrating on the modernization of education and youth inspiration most recently.
Tímea Kvárik is currently doing her residency at the Pediatrics Clinic of the University of Pecs Medical School. She is also working on her PhD at the Department of Anatomy. Her research field is retinopathy of prematurity, one of the leading causes of visual impairment in Western countries. She is investigating the effects of perinatal positive and negative factors on the neonatal retina, through which the severity of retinopathy can be influenced.
Her picture “ReTree'nArt” was inspired by lectin-stained whole-mounted retina that she uses for her morhological analysis (and made by GIMP image editor program).
She won 1. Prize at the RECOOP HST Association’s Second Sciences and Arts Competition, and the picture was the cover page of Croatian Medical Journal 2017, April, No 2.
Giant Brain Project
Csaba Brutóczki, student at the Faculty of Arts, University of Pecs, has designed a “giant brain” with the logo of the conference. The giant brain stands at the entrance of the conference building. The picture was taken during work at the sculptor’s workshop.
Drs. Olivia N. Auferkorte and Diana T. Karnas-Skrypzak
BRAIN BUDS: Hand-crafted jewelry and original artworks inspired from the Neurosciences, accompanied by labels explaining the scientific concept behind them in simple words. – A private outreach by Drs. Olivia N. Auferkorte and Diana T. Karnas-Skrypzak
"We are your brain buddies, your cool science friends! We bring you science in an artful, joyful manner, to let you see nature's bare beauty and make you appreciate it as much as we do. Our gift to the world is as unique as life itself: mindfully designed hand-crafted jewelry and original artworks, coming together into a science-meets-art concept for the community. We hope to get you excited in learning more about neurobiological research, life sciences, and technology. If you are a scientist, we don't need to tell you just how cool and beautiful science is. Just come grab your superhero talisman and get out into the world doing meaningful research for a better life on Earth. We hope you become one of the greats!"