Moving transdisciplinarily into the worlds of biology
and astronomy experienced by such different scales promises vertiginous feelings, for which the feeling of passing through Macro to micro in a short lapse of time is only a metaphor.

Maicro is an approach that recalls generative art, a proposal inspired by the enlightening work of the designers Charles and Ray Eames when confronting the diverse views of “Powers of Ten – The World at Different Scales”, where the image of infinitely distant (10 17) is absolutely similar to the image infinitely close (10 -11). This parity in visual aspect is in great contrast with the movement perceived: as we get closer, we realize the frantic ceaseless movement full of life and, as we move away, a sense of calmness, silence and emptiness is experienced – the permanent quietness of the universe.

Technical issues apply, from equipment specific requirements for microscopic zoom to telescopic records capabilities as physical extensions of camera for registration. Transition modes from micro to macro are also a challenge to deal with.
Considering the need of day and night capture and the lapse if time to collate both views, times of the day specificities will be the starting point for the interaction design.
The functionality of continuous recording of biological elements in movement recalling the frenzy of life "as it is" is amazing and has a great potential for presentation. A social metaphor may be an interesting output to reflect on when confronting micro frantic agitation versus macro apparent quietness in an apparently immutable universe.
Maicro is fascinating for the possibilities and astounding for the relativity revealed. In this installation, we are once again confronted with time versus space issues: observing the stars is to be confronted with the past in the present, for the further we are observing, the more distant in time we are; observing the agitation of microscopic life brings us into the present tense.
Inevitably, the exciting fractals observable in nature, with its endless repeating, expanding patterns, is also a surprising world to explore.
Among the motivations to go forward with such an awkward proposal is the dream to be able to experience a relationship between science and art and science by visual contemplation of both worlds in a kind of “abstract intimacy”… The extreme views of the infinitely close and the infinitely distant suggest a moment of unutterable beauty and perfect harmony – will we ever be able to observe that in nature? The process of trying to seems to be convincing enough to go forward with its implementation, for the real goal of the real feel proposed with this installation is a mystery that can only unveiled when experienced.



EAMES, Charles an Ray, MORRISON, Philip and Phylis, 2002, Potências de Dez – O Mundo às Várias Escalas, Porto Editora, transl. Alda Durães (1st ed.1982)