johoffmann.com/philosophers.stone.htm
“Philosophers’ Stone” is a 3D stereoscopic artwork (duration 13.min) related to the project of the iGEM Team, EilsLab/DKFZ/University of Heidelberg (Grand Prix iGEM 2013!) The scientific project was inspired by the bacterium Delftia acidovorans, which is known for generating a peptide called delftibactin used to detoxify soluble gold. By Experimenting with E-coli bacteria, scientists aim to verify the potentiality of non-ribosomal peptides synthesis not only in recycling gold from electronic waste but also in pharmaceutical and basic research.
The Intersection of cultural and scientific imageries/imaginaries as well as rich cultural roots of contemporary scientific practices became the inspiration for my artistic work.
My 3D narrative merges contemporary scientific practices with alchemic phases of opus magnum underlining that the philosophers’ stone, above all has been a metaphor for deeper and unified knowledge (leading to wisdom), inner transformation and higher ethical values.
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