When worlds collide: bridging science with art, design and animation

'VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design and animation' is an entertaining and stimulating soiree to be held at the Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, from 5pm-7pm on Monday 12 June 2017.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney (source: supplied)

Media Release: 05 June 2017

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, CSIRO’s Data61, and the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney have joined forces to host a series of events, called VIZBI. Held as part of Vivid Sydney, the events showcase visualisations that are transforming how life scientists view data and communicate discoveries.

A highlight of the VIZBI series of events is VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design and animation, an entertaining and stimulating soiree to be held at the Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, from 5pm-7pm on Monday 12 June 2017.

VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design and animation has been designed to showcase the remarkable intersection of art and science, and to highlight the inspirational side of biomedical research. Open to the general public, this event is a unique opportunity for those with an interest in data visualisation to share their passion with family and friends.

Dr Drew Berry – an Emmy and BAFTA-winning biomedical animator, whose work has been exhibited all over the world – is the keynote speaker at this event. Dr Berry will present a collection of fascinating visualisations that tell the stories of groundbreaking biomedical discoveries.

According to Dr Berry, “What we are doing is creating a spectacle of science. Data can be extraordinarily beautiful.”

The event will also feature the premiere of two biomedical animations from Garvan Institute artists Kate Patterson and Christopher Hammang, as well as showcase new science-inspired artworks from the finalists in the VizbiPlus Challenge.

Professor Seán O’Donoghue, data visualisation scientist and team leader at CSIRO’s Data61 and the Garvan Institute, said “This year’s visualisations, ranging from fungi that limit food production, to new advances in chemotherapy for cancer, reveal fascinating insights that could inspire future research breakthroughs.”

VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design and animation, 5-7pm 12 June, Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Purchase tickets here.

For more details on the VIZBI series of events please visit: http://www.vizbi.org/events.


Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

For more information please call;

  • QUAY Communications, Cheryl Pettinau, M: 0424 157 714, T: 02 9386 9161
  • QUAY Communications, Emma Norgrove, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161


The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) was founded in 1963 and is a world leader in gene-based medical research. It is a multi-disciplinary facility, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases of today (cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, neurological and immunological disorders). Garvan researchers investigate the origins, diagnostic markers and most effective treatments of disease with the ultimate aim of prevention and cure.  One of Garvan’s greatest strengths is the extent of active cross-collaboration between the research areas and the consequent innovation this drives. For more information visit: garvan.org.au.


The Garvan Research Foundation was established in 1981 to provide fundraising and marketing support to Garvan’s medical research programs In addition to its fundraising activities, the Foundation's activities have since expanded to support Garvan with a Public Engagement Program. This initiative aims to increase understanding of the need for and importance of, Garvan's medical research across the broader community.


CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data science & technology network. Data works with partners in industry, government and academia to solve challenges across all areas of the data lifecycle from capturing data and representing it, keeping data and making it safe, identifying patterns in it and helping them make decisions using it.


The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney is dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching. We're finding solutions that will inform and reform the health of the world. The cause and consequences of these diseases are more complicated than biology alone. That's why we have brought together scholars from a range of disciplines who are exploring the interconnectedness of our environment, food and health.

For more information visit sydney.edu.au/perkins


Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 days, from 26 May to 17 June 2017, transforms the Harbour City with its unique colourful, creative canvas.  In 2016 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.31 million attendees. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large-scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations – (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney is in its ninth year. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com 


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