Grant winners - 2014

Create something amazing.

2014 S+ART Grant winners

Under- 18

The Living Cell: Palmerston North Girls’ High School (PBGHS)

Human Cell Project
human cell project

The Living Cell project explored the sculptural qualities of microbiological features of the human body to raise awareness of its complexity, functions, essential beauty and fragility. Through the knowledge and expertise of a biologist, a sculptor, a materials technologist and 3D computer artist, senior students at PNGHS  developed an educational and experiential environment that they shared with young people in Palmerston North. The project hinged on close collaboration and developed a shared understanding of how to realise the objectives. The collaborators were all senior high school students and were mentored by two teachers, one from art and one from science.

The Living Cell was installed at various schools in Palmerston North and at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History.

The Living Cell was featured in The Manawatu Standard.

Human cell project-nucleus
human cell project outside the cell

2014 S+ART Grant winners

Over- 18

Diffusion Transfer Reversal: Shane Cox and Ngaire Foster

The creation of a series of hand-made large-format instant film images utilising the Diffusion Transfer Reversal (DTR) technique that examine the challenges of the real versus the digital world.

Originally invented in 1939 by Edith Weyde, Edwin Land most famously used the diffusion transfer process for Polaroid instant photography, although there were other significant uses of the process for copying documents and images.  Although this is a well refined process that has had commercial applications for many years and has paved the way for contemporary instant film products, such as the Fujifilm Instax series, it is a process that requires the use of chemistry that is beyond access to the average home experimenter.

The aim of this investigation was to find ways of producing “instant” direct positive images that a motivated experimenter with basic equipment and resources could achieve without having to resort to proprietary formulations or hard to obtain or restricted chemicals. Chemicals were to be restricted to those that could be purchased over the counter from retail outlets in any major town or city, or that could be manufactured at home from raw materials from these same suppliers. Any chemicals that needed to be purchased from a specialty chemical supplier, or that have sales restrictions, were off the list of acceptable supplies as they would be difficult for a home experimenter to obtain.

What initially was thought to be a relatively straightforward although long, process was thwarted by the discovery that sodium sulfide is unavailable to the general public and there seems to be no easily available substitute. Some successes were had in the process with two viable DIY reagents being produced (4-Aminophenol based developer, and a one-part developer/fixer paste) and the use of the second one to produce basic DTR with a receiver sheet made from a treated commercially available product (Kodak grade 2 glossy photographic paper). Consequently, there was no public exhibition of the project but the collaborators continue to work on possible processes.

S+ART acknowledges that sometimes science, technology and art don’t turn out the way they are supposed to!