Do science and fashion have anything in common? And to what extent can medical research and fashion design interlink? In the project “art4science“St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research faces the challenge of merging the polar opposites of art and science in order to convey research sensually and convey it through the media. The second discussion in the series was devoted to the topic of” Research and sensuality.
“If art can do anything, then it can represent the inexpressible, the inexpressible,” says Bela Borsodi in the discussion group. In a current project, the photo artist is documenting the birth of a cancer that appears for the first time in a thigh bone. It is about the strengths of the immune system, healing and the way scientists work.
“To recognize the properties of cells, they are examined under a microscope. A multi-dimensional image is created,” explains Sabine Taschner-Mandl, molecular biologist at St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research. The cells are broken down into their molecular components, at the end of the day we learn from them and the components are reassembled. The fashion designer Romana Zöchling implements this synthesis in her work. Taschner-Mandl: “How everyday work is, how we work in science – at the end of the day you will hopefully have a new piece or a new insight.”
Greeting: Thomas lion, Doctor Director Labdia Laboratory Diagnostics, Molecular Geneticist St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research; Martin Fleischhacker, Managing director of Wiener Zeitung.
Podium: Sabine Taschner-Mandl, Molecular Biologist St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research; Bela Borsodi, Photocunsts; Romana Zöchling, Fashion designer and fashion label FERRARI ZÖCHLING.
Moderation: Judith Belfkih, deputy editor-in-chief of the Wiener Zeitung.