Imagine Science: Unseen Visible
Presented in association with Imagine Science Films.
Screening of The World of Dr. Roman Vishniac and Macro Kingdom, two short films that investigate the microscopic world too small to see with the naked eye.
Post-screening discussion with Linnaea Ostroff.
The World of Dr. Roman Vishniac, 14 min:
Roman Vishniac (1897 – 1990) was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. In addition to the candid photography for which he is best known, Roman Vishniac worked heavily in the fields of photomicroscopy and cinemicroscopy. He specialized in photographing living insects and had a talent for arranging the moving specimens in “just the right poses.” A 1960s ABC newsreel reveals Dr. Vishniac working in his small laboratory in a private apartment in New York City. In this laboratory, he creates photographs and motion pictures of living things too small to be seen by the naked eye.
Macro Kingdom, 3 mins:
Stranger than fiction. Molecular conflict and mitochondrial warfare. Macro Kingdom is a heart-stopping, subcellular epic that is a truly microcinematic experience.
About the Speaker
Linnaea Ostroff is a researcher in the Laboratory of Emotion, Memory, and the Brain at NYU's Center for Neural Science. Her research is focused on how emotional memories are stored by synapses, the connections that link brain cells into networks. Examining the brain with a high magnification electron microscope reveals synapses and the intricate world of cellular machinery that surrounds them. Changes in the organization of these tiny structures ultimately leads to changes in the brain's function, as well as memory storage.
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