About the Poster
For the CRC 1064 International Symposia posters we use images from outside of the scientific realm that allude somehow to the scientific methods and concepts addressed in this research consortium. In the past we have used "beads-on-a-string" and helical winding imagery to allude to chromatin structure, and have come up with, we think, some very memorable posters. The choice of art is not always an easy one, but the challenge of juxtaposing ideas between Science and Art, balancing content, aesthetics and a slight factor of surprise, has given us great pleasure. The posters increase the impact and visibility of our symposia in the international community, and we hope are received favorably by our symposium guests.
This year we chose to use a detail of Andy Warhol's Oxidation Painting 1978, one of a series of "paintings" created by coating canvases with wet copper paint and urinating on them, changing the color by oxidation. By reports, the urine was not Warhol's, but usually his friends'. The results have a spontaneous and abstract beauty, but of course are – true to Warhol – provocative, irreverent and humorous.
What does this have to do with Chromatin Dynamics? Andy Warhol used a biochemical process and liquid droplets to generate this artwork. His imagery and his method symbolically mirror topics addressed in CRC research: compact vs. disperse chromatin, amorphous structures and bead-like nucleosomes, biochemical/metabolic processes involved in molecular biology, not to mention the very hot topic of nuclear liquid droplets (!). Taken a bit further, a collaborative spirit is also echoed in Warhol's and the CRC's work. We stop short at irreverence. But we like to think that Warhol's freespirited provocation reflects a certain freedom of thought and creativity also found in pushing frontiers in chromatin research.
Detail from Oxidation Painting 1978, reproduced with permission from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.