WORKS – NOVAE by Thomas Vanz

In ALL, WORKS by Cat Lau

Thomas Vanz is a self-taught video artist based in Paris, France. His deep-rooted interest in astrophysics and the mystery of the cosmos led him to his latest film project, NOVAE. “A supernova is the death of a giant star but there are also other consequences that lead to birth, more advanced elements of the universe, and outstanding nebulas. It is one of the most comprehensive events of the universe,” he told Art the Science.

Vanz preserves the natural form of this comprehensive event by refraining to use computer-generated imagery (CGI). Instead, he looks for alternatives and uses water to represent space and coloured ink for gas. Vance experiments with different ink blends in water and varying camera angles to artistically capture the fluid movement of this stellar event. The results are nothing short of extraordinary, and demonstrate what can be accomplished using natural visual effects. His short film draws viewers into the beauty of the cosmos, leaving them to ponder about the vastness of the final frontier. Vance also created two supplementary videos capturing his artistic process during the development of NOVAE.



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Cat Lau

Cat Lau

Cat is a science communicator. Despite being formally trained as a behavioural neuroscientist, Catherine has let her artistic side flourish in an effort to communicate science in a creative manner. Drawing inspiration from neuroscience and her own research, she has created mixed media pieces that were winning entries at Laurentian University’s ICEBATS (art and science) competition and Newfoundland & Labrador’s Arts and Letters Awards Program. Catherine has harnessed a diverse skill set through experiences in science writing, educational programming, exhibit design/prototyping and digital media production. Her interest in using art to communicate science has inspired her research in Canadian art-science organizations and programs. Ultimately, she hopes to develop resources that will contribute to the growth of art-science collaborations and science culture. Twitter: @scicommcat