The Tides within Us

Barnaby Steel, Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) (UK), Matthias Günther, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS (Fraunhofer MEVIS) (DE)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:40 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).

A behind-the-scenes look into The Tides Within Us, a collaboration between Marshmallow Laser Feast and Fraunhofer MEVIS. The project investigates the flow of oxygen through the cardiovascular system, painting a picture of a human body as a fluid event, more like a whirlpool than a static object. This flow questions the boundary of where this living body begins and where it ends. When our skin becomes transparent, deeper connections become apparent.

About the Guided Tour

Barnaby Steel from Marshmallow Laser Feast, in collaboration with Prof. Matthias Günther and scicom-team members, Fraunhofer MEVIS, will take us on a unique trip into the human body. We will take a look behind the scenes, showing how artists and scientists profit from their collaboration and advance their practice. We start the tour at the MEVIS MRI lab, then we take a look into the MLF workflow where medical data feeds an artistic vision. Together the partners have been working on a long term collaboration ‘The Tides Within Us.’ This project aims to challenge the notion of the boundary between our bodies and our environment. ’The Tides Within Us’ is due to premiere in the UK at a major art event during autumn 2020. After Q&A, the audience engages in a hands-on session with scientists Sabrina Haase and Dr. Hanne Ballhausen, using the web-based tool Insight Inside and interact with medical images on their computers.

Moderation: Claudia Schnugg

Participation & registration:

Participants: 14+, everybody interested in the making of The Tides Within Us and scientific basics in medical imaging.

Equipment: PC or Laptop WITH MOUSE (no mobile device), web browser (in best case Chrome).

Registration required:

The workshop is held via Zoom. Password-protected links for participation in the workshop will be sent to all participants by e-mail at least 2 days before the workshop.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Barnaby Steel; Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erik Ferguson. Matthias Günther, Sabrina Haase, Bianka Hofmann, Alexander Köhn, Hanne Ballhausen, Mathias Neugebauer; Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS.


Barnaby Steel is co-founder of Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF), a London-based experiential studio working at the intersection of technology, art and science. Their unique craft of real-time and traditional CGI animation has underpinned many award-winning immersive activations, installations and digital experiences. MLF always amaze in unexpected ways, employing a wealth of creative disciplines – from photo-real virtual reality to robotic performance and real-time mapping.

Matthias Günther is Professor for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy at the University Bremen and Deputy Institute director at Fraunhofer MEVIS. While he is actively researching new methods in medical imaging, he sincerely supports the development of non-traditional formats of science communication. Embedded in a worldwide network of clinical and academic partners, Fraunhofer MEVIS develops software solutions for image and data-supported early detection, diagnosis, and therapy.


Press kit PDF (EN)

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