Scales of Resistance is a collaboration between Scientists at the University of Nottingham, and the Artists Daniel Alexander and ScanLAB PROJECTS. This unique film uses real image data to explore antibiotic resistance at a range of scales, from scanning electron microscope images captured at 10 microns square, to satellite images of the globe.
Worldwide, antibiotic resistance causes 700,000 deaths per year, and it has been predicted that by 2050 this number could rise to 10 million deaths per year, unless urgent and effective action is taken. The researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed biomaterials that prevent biofilm formation. When these materials are used to coat medical devices that are put into the body, such as urinary and venous catheters, they prevent infection and reduce the need for antibiotics.
Scales of Resistance contextualises this research in the context of the global increase in antibiotic resistance.
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From Monday 1 - Sunday 7 July 2019 this film is on show at the Royal Society Summer exhibition as part of the stand, Super biomaterials to fight Superbugs, presented by the scientists from the University of Nottingham. Visit at 6 - 9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
Daniel Alexander is a director, photographer and designer.
Daniel’s practice is collaborative, working with other artists, designers and participants in the creation of artwork for books, film, exhibition, installation and online publications. Previous work includes:
When War is Over: This film and photography project explores the ongoing commemoration of the 1.7 million Commonwealth War Dead from WWI and WWII. The project was published by Dewi Lewis publishing as a photographic monograph (2016) and exhibited as a primary exhibition at the Contact Photography Festval in Toronto (2018).
Brains: a commission from the Wellcome Trust to create two bodies of artwork for their exhibition Brains: The Mind as Matter, held at the Wellcome Collection in Euston. The exhibition ran from the 29th March through to the 17th June 2012 and in this time had 105,033 visitors, making it their busiest exhibition from the time the Wellcome Collection opened in 2007. The work Daniel created went onto tour with the exhibition to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in 2013, and then separately to the Charite in Berlin. The work was published in the book of the same name.
1day6cities: In 2011 Daniel created and ran an international collaborative project called 1day6cities, in which 140 people in 6 cities; London, Dubai, Shanghai, Auckland, San Francisco and Sao Paulo created a unique snapshot of this day, by creating 6 time-lapse films, shot simultaneously. When played together the viewer can see daylight travel around the globe through the 6 different cities
Daniel is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University where he is part of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image.
ScanLAB Projects is a pioneering creative practice. They capture precisely measured, beautifully coloured digital replicas of buildings, landscapes, objects and events. ScanLab Projects digitise the world, transforming temporary moments and spaces into compelling permanent experiences, images and film. They design online environments, immersive installations and objects. On this public engagement project ScanLab are co-directing the augmented reality experience, creating the LiDAR and photogrammetry imagery, and undertaking the editing and postproduction on the virtual reality environments the participants will enter.
ScanLab's primary medium is 3D scanning, a form of machine vision that they argue is the future of photography and much more beyond. As the electronic eyes for billions of mobile phones and driverless vehicles 3D scanners are the cartographers of the future. By critically observing places and events through the eyes of these machines their work hopes to glance at the future we will all inhabit.
Founded in 2010, ScanLab have worked with leading architects, broadcasters, scientists and artists from across the world. ScanLAB operate from concept, through on location scanning, to delivered product. Their work has featured in major TV documentaries and cinema screenings, been widely published and exhibited internationally. Exhibitions include Horizontal Humans at the Photographers Gallery and Displaced Witness at the Baltic Mill, both of which had over 100,000 visitors over 3 months.