Browsing through the latest issue of National Geographic, with a must read, but emotionally difficult article on The Invisible War on the Brain, I came across a phenomenal image of an eye that really grabbed my attention. The French artist, JR did an amazing large-scale photograph installation last February at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center. This photograph was 80 of the dancers with the New York City Ballet, posing on a massive sheet of paper arranged to resemble a human eye. This art project was done as part of the NYCB 2014 Art Series and I am just now becoming aware of it. Looks like it was an amazing installation. Sorry to have missed it.
There is an interesting Youtube on the behind the scenes. The large scale photograph was only one part of the Art Series as other images included various aspects of ballet printed on distressed wood. For more images of the project, check out this site.
The famous Prado Museum in Madrid has opened up a new exposition for the blind by making a combination of elaborate copies of six of the museum’s masterworks through 3D printing and painted reproductions. The whole idea is for the blind to be able to touch the works and open up a whole new arena of accessibility to the visually impaired.
The Prado is one of the museums that we here at Webvision have not yet made it to. One of these days, that will have to happen.
Ramamurthy Visvanathan from West Virginia University will be delivering a seminar on Protein diversity through modification and its role in photoreceptor function on January 21st, 2015 in the Moran Eye Center auditorium.
Abstract: The enormous diversity of proteins despite limited number of genes is generated by post-transcriptional processing of the pre-mRNA. Post- translational modifications further expand the diversity of protein, its properties and functions. In this talk, I will focus on one such post- translational protein modification, prenylation, a lipid attachment and post-prenyl processing and its importance in photoreceptor cell function. I will also talk about our recent collaborative work on understanding how alternative pre-mRNA splicing generates proteins unique to photoreceptor cells from otherwise ubiquitously expressed genes.
There is a great TED-Ed video on “The Evolution of the Human Eye” with some very clever animation. The video itself is short and geared towards the college level, and while some of the conjecture at the end contains some far out statements, it is a fun few minutes.
There is an upcoming Vision Interest Group featuring Nduka Enemchukwu from the Fu Lab and Aruna Goruspudi from the Bernstein Lab. Will be held on November 20th at noon in the west John A. Moran Eye Center Auditorium.