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Alejandro Santos "El sketching no es ilustración científica" during his talk at IMB-CNM-CSIC

Alejandro Santos "El sketching no es ilustración científica" during his talk at IMB-CNM-CSIC

News Conferences and meetings 17 January 2019 388 hits Anna May Masnou

Alejandro Santos is the Librarian & Documentalist of ICMAB. His office is right inside the Manuel Cardona Library, at ICMAB. However, during his free time he is also a professional sketcher, and during the last years he has participated in numerous projects on "scientific sketching" in different research centers in the Barcelona Area. On Thursday, 20 December 2018, he gave a talk at the IMB-CNM-CSIC about sketching and science entitled "Sketching y Ciencia. Divulgando dibujando".

In his seminar, he started by defining what sketching is, and explaining the difference with illustrating or drawing, and the difference with the work of a scientist:

"El sketching no es ilustración científica. El sketcher no pretende describir cada músculo, hueso, pelo o detalle sino ofrecer una impresión subjetiva, que represente el objeto sin retratarlo. El científico intenta explicar cada fenómeno con absoluta precisión, de forma minuciosa, aspirando a la exactitud. El sketcher aterriza con sus líneas trazadas a mano alzada y manchas de contornos difusos, a contracorriente de la tiranía del píxel, cuando todos llevamos una cámara implacable en el bolsillo.

¿Podemos representar la ciencia con nuestro ojo profano? Dibujamos la sandía verde, no roja. Pero como los científicos, modestamente, con nuestros medios artesanales, pretendemos llegar también a captar la esencia de las cosas." Alejandro Santos

After that, he showed different projects related with sketching and science in which he participated:

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The PLD lab, image of the ICMAB Annual Report 2016.
"El laboratorio de Pulsed Laser Deposition es una imagen estrella del ICMAB, que suele aparecer siempre en los dossiers, resúmenes, vídeos, etc.
Yo lo vi y dije “me lo pido” pero quise representarlo con la persona que lo opera, para sugerir que las máquinas, por complejas que sean, no funcionan solas."

 

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