A zine project

A body of zines that teases several aspects of society’s relationship with science, scientists’ relationship with science, the process of doing science, labor, and craft required in scientific practice, and related questions.

Crafting a mutant fly

Science is a public good. It is usually performed with means acquired through public funding, and is meant for very human endeavors like understanding self and surroundings, and sometimes creates technology in return that leads to improvement of human lives, non-human lives, and the environment they inhabit. (Not always are we successful there).

Doing science always seemed like a performance, moving objects and materials across. Isolating, tearing, teasing, mixing, isolating, viewing, manipulating, and other ‘verb-ings’ were a way of life, particularly in the reductionist work I did when I was in the laboratory. In this project, I turn my gaze as an outsider to a fly facility that creates mutagenic flies for use by other scientists and laboratories. In this process, which is novel to me, I try to understand the performance, the habits, the idiosyncrasies, and the craft of people that make the mutant flies through participant observations, sketches, pictures, and conversations.

Zine: Crafting a mutant fly
Zine: Crafting a mutant fly
Stereomicroscope in Fly lab at NCBS
Stereomicroscope in Fly lab at NCBS
Zine: Crafting a mutant fly
Zine: Crafting a mutant fly
Drosophila under the microscope (Fly Lab at NCBS)
Drosophila under the microscope (Fly Lab at NCBS)
Zine: Crafting a mutant fly
Zine: Crafting a mutant fly

Doing science is a personal endeavor, but it makes sense only in the social context. Each scientific thought is discussed and dissected by a community of experts at different stages of its development. These zines explore various aspects of ‘doing' / ‘thinking’ science.

Zine: when Darwin met Margulis
Zine: when Darwin met Margulis
zine: Science and aesthetics
zine: Science and aesthetics
Zine: where do hypotheses come from?
Zine: where do hypotheses come from?
Zine: is science beautiful?
Zine: is science beautiful?
Zine: the choice(s) of a scientist
Zine: the choice(s) of a scientist
Zine: the choice(s) of a scientist
Zine: the choice(s) of a scientist

While looking at scientific visualizations, one of the obvious responses is commenting on beauty. But one can question, what beauty means here, is it aesthetic? Or what does the image tell about the universe? Or about the human endeavor to capture it? Pondering these questions resulted in these zines.

Womxn Braving Virus Fears

In this collaborative zine, I worked with Aashima, Nandita, and Sayantan of thelifeofscience.com to visualize and emote the effect the pandemic had on care-workers of varying categories and highlighted the contribution of womxn working to bring people relief, information, and hope.

Achoo_zine
Achoo_zine_2

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