Masters By Project: Visual Style

The visual style for the project has focused on designing elements of graphics and animation to represent and portray digital viruses through the media of microbic science visualisation. The connection between digital viruses and biological viruses is clear and has been discussed much throughout the project. Virialogy and scientific discovery into viruses and bacteria alike has developed over the last century since the quality of microscope improved. Research has given scientists the ability to visual see, understand and monitor the processes of viral contaminants, thus leading to vaccines and medicines being developed as a result.

The growth in digital virus has exploded since the ease of data access, widespread use of digital interfaces and prosperous rewards for developers. Although for the users, complex technologies that have become ever more difficult to understand making it far easier be misled by these digital agents. The way in which we see these digital agents which attack our digital footprints and electronics is written about in complex computer language that many can’t understand. By visualizing them in form of microbiological form

Cyber punk

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction which focuses on a cybernetic culture of the future with a high tech perspective upon society. Cyber culture often focuses on artificial intelligence, hackers and defective dystopian futures. Lawrence Person (1997) in Nova Express says “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by the rapid technological change, a ubiquitous data sphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.”

Cyber punk has a particular style which interests me when discussing digital viruses as it’s glowing and low technology bright style portray a sense of unknowing and mystery. I feel this kind of imagery can best reflect the digital viruses nature and mystery as conceptual it underlines their hacking culture and unknown visual language.

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Science visualisation

Viruses have been portrayed with imagery throughout exploration of microbiology and virology. This kind of imagery has allowed scientists to further understand the process, which viruses and bacteria use and undertake within the host. For example, this image is a virus being born and has allowed scientist to further understand another process with in a virus life development.

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