14 Nov 2023

An unlikely art project

From Nights, 10:39 pm on 14 November 2023

An unlikely collaboration between a sound and video artist and a mechanical engineer has resulted in an exhibition exploring the cross roads of science, art and technology.

Depth of Field is video and sound artwork, created by Auckland University of Technology's Dr Clinton Watkins and Dr Yuan Tao.

Ulta-high-resolution images of obsidian shards are magnified up to 800,000 times look more like alien landscapes than volcanic glass.

We're joined by Clinton to tell us how the collaboration came about and how the technology to capture these images work

Six obsidian shards are prepared for use inside a metal container for use inside a electron microscope.

Obsidian shards prepared for use in the AUT's electron microscope. Photo: Auckland University of Technology