Encounters, Interaction

and Co-creation in Science and Tech  

Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation

Design and lead of the artist-in-residency program ”STEAM Imaging” as a conceptual framework for fostering meaningful cooperative engagement of scientists, pupils, and an artist to break down disciplinary boundaries and explore flexible forms of learning and cooperation, 2017. 
 

Together with the mathematician Sabrina Haase and media artist Yen Tzu Chang we connected computer-assisted medicine with STEM-education, art and ethical topics.

 

The residency "STEAM Imaging" was jointly hosted by Fraunhofer MEVIS and Ars Electronica within the European Digital Art and Science Network. 

Image: At the STEAM workshop, Copyright Martin Hieslmair

 

¥ B. Hofmann. Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation – The Experimental Artist Residency “STEAM Imaging.” MIT Press Journal Leonardo (doi:10.1162/leon_a_01792)

 

¥ B. Hofmann, S. Haase, D. Black. STEAM Imaging: A Pupils’ Workshop Experiment in Computer Science, Physics, and Sound Art. SCIART MAGAZINE Special Topics August 2017: STEAM, 1. August 2017

CONTEXTUALIZING  SCIENCE & TECH THROUGH  ART & FICTION — FOR TRANSDISCIPLINARY INNOVATION, AND FUTURE

"The future belongs to the first companies and organizations that clearly address new narratives in all their creativity to develop livable future scenarios."

BEFORE US LIES ETERNERDY

Production of an 2D and 3D Short-Film

Recognized the second year in a row by the scientific documentary industry: winning the “Industry Award for Best Infographic” at the Raw Science Film Festival 2019 in Los Angeles.

 

The short-film offers an artistic, large-scale immersive experience in the stereoscopic 3D theatre Deep Space 8K and simultaneously at the Media Art Nexus. The project was realized at Fraunhofer MEVIS in collaboration with artists Ina Conradi and Mark Chavez, Media Art Nexus at NTU Singapore.

 

The movie shows different scales of the human body, from digitized microscopic lymphoma tissue examined with the molecular cytogenetic technique Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to detect abnormal changes in DNA, to 3D reconstructions of two vessel systems of a liver used in patient-specific intervention planning as well as a whole-body MRI. It is based exclusively on real medical data.

Image: The ETERNERDY shown at the Media Art Nexus in Singapore, Copyright Quek Jia Liang

The Beauty of Blood Flow Analysis

Production of an 2D, 3D and 360° Short-Film

The short film received the Industry Award for Best Immersive Media at the Raw Science Film Festival, California. January 2018.

 

This film shows the dynamic reconstruction of the blood flow of a healthy human heart. It is a special vortex half-dome edit, based on a longer 3D stereoscopic version Virtual Journey Through The Heart I produced at Fraunhofer MEVIS for the Deep Space 8K, Ars Electronica Science Center.

 

New imaging methods for flow visualizations as shown are integrated into software assistants to help doctors determine how the blood flow changes due to heart diseases without using a catheter. They help calculate how the blood pressure and shear forces on the wall of the blood vessels change for patients with heart valve problems.

 

List of Winning Films

 

Image: 360 half dome edit, blood flow in the heart,  Copyright Fraunhofer MEVIS

BEFORE US LIES ETERNERDY

Production of an 2D and 3D Short-Film

Recognized the second year in a row by the scientific documentary industry: winning the “Industry Award for Best Infographic” at the Raw Science Film Festival 2019 in Los Angeles.

 

The short-film offers an artistic, large-scale immersive experience in the stereoscopic 3D theatre Deep Space 8K and simultaneously at the Media Art Nexus. The project was realized at Fraunhofer MEVIS in collaboration with artists Ina Conradi and Mark Chavez, Media Art Nexus at NTU Singapore.

 

The movie shows different scales of the human body, from digitized microscopic lymphoma tissue examined with the molecular cytogenetic technique Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to detect abnormal changes in DNA, to 3D reconstructions of two vessel systems of a liver used in patient-specific intervention planning as well as a whole-body MRI. It is based exclusively on real medical data.

 

Image: The ETERNERDY shown at the Media Art Nexus in Singapore, Copyright Quek Jia Liang

 

 

Poking Florian

Production of an Art Installation Explaining The Function of The Brain

”Poking Florian” is an interactive installation produced in 2013, based on a furniture sized one, realized at Fraunhofer MEVIS in 2011, exploring 3D print material and analog-digital interfaces.

 

By touching the dots on Florian’s brain, the nerve fibers appear on the iPad and show which part of his body is controlled by them.

Image: The interactive installation Poking Florian, Copyright Ars Electronica

¥ C. Rieder, C. Brachmann, B. Hofmann, J. Klein, A. Köhn, D. Ojdanic, C. Schumann, F. Weiler and H. K. Hahn (2013). Interactive Visualization of Neuroanatomical Data for a Hands-On Multimedia Exhibit. EuroVis Workshop on Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences (VMLS), Leipzig, Germany

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An Image Man You Can Touch

Production of an Interactive Hands-On Exhibit

“Image Man,” a life-size figure that comprises ten segments produced at Fraunhofer MEVIS in 2015 for the Universum Science Center Bremen.

 

At the center of the installation is a touch screen showing the beating heart. By touching, visitors can interactively navigate through the results of different imaging methods. The body parts depicted on the segments were produced with different imaging methods.

Image: The interactive exhibit Image Man, Copyright Fraunhofer MEVIS

Poking Florian

Production of an Art Installation Explaining The Function of The Brain

”Poking Florian” is an interactive installation produced in 2013, based on a furniture sized one, realized at Fraunhofer MEVIS in 2011, exploring 3D print material and analog-digital interfaces.

 

By touching the dots on Florian’s brain, the nerve fibers appear on the iPad and show which part of his body is controlled by them.

Image: The interactive installation Poking Florian, Copyright Ars Electronica

¥ C. Rieder, C. Brachmann, B. Hofmann, J. Klein, A. Köhn, D. Ojdanic, C. Schumann, F. Weiler and H. K. Hahn (2013). Interactive Visualization of Neuroanatomical Data for a Hands-On Multimedia Exhibit. EuroVis Workshop on Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences (VMLS), Leipzig, Germany

Dance Performances

Exploring Body Language

at the Intersection of Real and

Virtual World

"Experience is only half of human existence. The others half is what hasn't been experienced, yet. Experience and possibilities are twins. Maybe the dance lives from raising these kids." Saburo Teshigawara

Image: Dance performance

Art Installation: Kami Arizuki

Create Free, Conscious, 

Lively Effects as Moving Artwork

”I'm not interested in how people move, but what moves them”. Pina Bausch
 

The moving-sensitive software Kami Arizuki allowed dancers to enhance their body appearance visually. It was the result of cooperation with the software architect Alexander Köhn in 2011. In several experimental settings together with performance dancers trained by Matthias Früh we explored the requirements and built a user interface to create different presets for the visual enhancements, the so called Kami.

 

The resulting exhibition ”Jetzt ist ein anderes Jetzt “ in cooperation with the photographer Hannah Klatt offered visitors the screening of my dance performance SELF and three moments: static experimental photographs; photographs that were brought into a state of movement and expanded into a virtual reality; and finally the appearance of the visitors themselves, who could virtually enhance their bodies, showing live at a wall, through their movements.

Image: Dance Performance Dream

Research in Body Language and Bioacoustics

Interspecies-Interaction

During my studies (Biology, Diploma and Comparative Religion, Diploma) I focused on the evolution of communication, symbolic and ritual-symbolic communication, the biological roots of culture, language and religion and Inter-species interaction. I researched bioacoustics and body language in short-finned pilot whales. These research results have contributed to a code of conduct and specific protective measures for pilot whales in the Atlantic off the Canary Islands. I collected field data in 1994, 1996, 2001 and analysed and published the outcome of three field studies.

 

I developed and managed with my colleagues a program for children with a wide range of physical and mental impairments. To offer the liberating experience of hearing and feeling the sounds of dolphins underwater, without the need to travel out to sea. This includes the integration of underwater sound, aquatic bodywork and coaching for parents. Based on my previous scientific fieldwork, I recorded the sound of short finned pilot whales in the Atlantic Sea.

Image: A short-finned pilot whale, Copyright Behr, Hofmann, Scheer


¥ Hofmann, B., Scheer, M. & Behr, P.I. (2004). Underwater behaviors of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off Tenerife. Mammalia 68: 221-224.
¥ Scheer, M., Hofmann, B., Behr, I.P. (2004). Ethogram of selected behaviors initiated by shortfinned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and directed towards human swimmers during open water encounters. Anthrozoös 17: 244-258.
¥ I. P. Behr, H. Diez, B. Hofmann, M. Scheer, (Hrsg.) (2001): First Flow. Der erste Kontakt mit Pilotwalen, book on demand, easi publications
¥ Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, P.I. (1998b). Discrete pod-specific call repertoires among shortfinned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the SW coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Abstract World Marine Mammal Science Conference, 20-24. January, Monaco by European Cetacean Society and Society for Marine Mammalogy.
¥ Scheer, M. Hofmann, B. & Behr, P.I. (1998a). Interactions between whale watching vessels and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the southwest coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands: Behavioural implications. Reportto Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, 41 pages.
¥ Hofmann, B. (1998): Kann die verhaltensbiologische Beschreibung ritualisierten Verhaltens dazu beitragen, religiös ritualisiertes Verhalten zu verstehen? Interdisciplinary diploma thesis (Comparative Religion, Biology).

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