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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
She calls it 'phenomena,' not art
First an artist in residence and now a research scientist at MIT and also a senior research fellow at the Institute for Innovative Computing at Harvard, Felice Frankel (left) helps researchers use cameras, microscopes and other tools to display the beauty of science, a story in today's New York Times says.
But she doesn't call it art.
"My stuff is about phenomena," she says in the story, referring to magnetism or the behavior of water molecules or how colonies of bacteria grow ó phenomena of nature. "When itís art, itís more about the creator, not necessarily the concept in the image."
Frankel and George M. Whitesides, a Harvard chemist and her longtime collaborator, are finishing a book about "small things," Whitesides told the Times, things at the limit of what can be seen with light, even through the microscope.
"She has transformed the visual face of science," he said.