This workshop will explore the red, green, and blue (RGB) colour code used by both modern coloured screens used every day and the main fluorescent dyes employed to reveal the different brain components in contemporary science. Participants will create their own "brain structure inspired art piece" using a coloured drawing developed during the workshop. We will hide a word, a shape or a sentence within the drawing and then use the different features of an application or the filter properties of transparent coloured paper to make it appear.
Using the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) as an example, we will explore the use of colour as a tool to detect elements that might be very difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. GFP is an organic molecule, a protein, found in jellyfish. It can be attached to other cellular components inside organisms to tag features for the biological study under the microscope. Once GFP is attached to a target of interest, scientists can make it appear using ultraviolet light, revealing them in a fluorescent bright green allowing the explorer to distinguish the components under study. We will emulate that process to understand better the connection between fluorescent colours in science and transformation, contrasts, and the use of the RGB model in computers and cellphone screens.
This Workshop will be facilitated by Art Educator Jihane Mossalim