Get up close with the mi­cro­scopic

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An ex­hi­bi­tion that mixes sci­ence with art is giv­ing au­di­ences the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore a mi­cro­scopic world.

The Art of the In­vis­i­ble at Gus Fisher Gallery is a col­lec­tion of pic­tures taken by stu­dents who re­search in the field of nan­otech­nol­ogy.

Nan­otech­nol­ogy is the sci­ence of ma­nip­u­lat­ing mat­ter at an atomic and molec­u­lar scale.

It has far-reach­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that can be found in com­mon house­hold items such as sun- screen, ten­nis balls and com­puter hard­ware.

But the ex­hi­bi­tion paints the realm of nan­otech in a more artis­tic light.

Shot at ex­treme mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, the col­lec­tion of stu­dent im­ages re­veals stark ter­rains of crys­tals and bolts of colour emit­ting from skele­tal mus­cle fi­bres.

‘‘The ex­hi­bi­tion is a mar­vel­lous op­por­tu­nity to high­light the beauty and power of the nano world through mi­cro­scopic imag­ing,’’ gallery di­rec­tor Linda Tyler says.

Or­gan­ised by the MacDiarmid In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als, the ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing held in con­junc­tion with AMN6: Sixth in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als and nan­otech­nol­ogy.

The con­fer­ence brought the­o­ret­i­cal chemist and No­bel Prize win­ner Roald Hoff­man to town. He will be pre­sent­ing a free dis­cus­sion about the im­ages at the gallery on Satur­day from 1pm.

Ex­plor­ing: Gallery-go­ers get a closer look at some of the works fea­tured in the Art of the In­vis­i­ble.

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