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The University of Aberdeen School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
Old Brewery, n°14
Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


Queen’s University Belfast, Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies (2008). 

Dissertation: “The Aesthetics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Setting MRI in Motion from the Scientific Laboratory to an Art Exhibition” (funded by AHRC)

Ca’ Foscari University, M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy with honors, cum laude (2001).


Research Interests

Visual culture of contemporary science and medicine, science and technology studies, scientific imaging techniques and their visual epistemologies, aesthetics and new media, sensory studies. My main research strand focuses on the aesthetic, epistemological and societal implications of scientific visualization, particularly in the case of emerging technologies. I have been working on the epistemic functions of images and visualisazion in relation to brain imaging and, in particular, Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

I have two other research strands. The first one is related to the exploration of art-science cross-fertilization projects in their material environments (museums, laboratories, cities), to assess how they reconfigure existing forms of visibility, thinking and agency. The second concerns the relationship between cinema and science beyond the paradigm of science fiction. Through the lens of the cinematic medium I explore the categories of exploration, transmission and reconfiguration of scientific knowledge, using methods and approaches coming from film theory, visual culture and science and technology studies (STS).

Current Research

I am working on my second book project tentatively entitled "Steroscopic Visions in the Laboratory and the Arts. Image-makers, Data and Reinvention in Magnetic Resonance Technology". The book is under contract with MIT Press, Leonardo Book Series.

Stereoscopic Visions in the Laboratory the Arts analyses some of the patterns and assumptions made by scientists and artists alike in visualising, interpreting and displaying data that underlie the dominant approaches to studying the body and, in particular, the brain, in biomedicine and neuroscience. Stereoscopic Visions is the first in-depth study of the epistemological, aesthetic and historical role played by data-visualisation practices across contemporary biomedicine, neuroscience and the arts.

Research Grants

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, 2017, project "Visualising Data: A study of biomedical imaging practices in Scottish MRI innovation, past and present"

Scottish Crucible grant, 2016, project "Harvesting Collections for Social and Scientific Benefit: Hidden
Stories at the Herbarium of RBGE" in collaboration with Glasgow University and RBGE

National Science Foundation grant, CNS-ASU, 2013
Grant to attend the Winter School on Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies, Phoenix, USA

Italian Society for the Study of Science and Technology, 2011
Travelling and Accommodation grant to attend the PCST Conference, Florence, Italy

Summer School in Medicine and New Media, 2008
Travelling and accommodation grant, Centre for the History of Medicine, Warwick, UK

European Science Foundation, 2006
Travelling and accommodation grant for the conference Reading Images, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassennar, The Netherlands

Research Grant Queen’s University, Belfast, 2006
Research grant for a 3-month-stay at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Communication, USA

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2004
Scholarship to undertake research at doctoral level, UK


Teaching Responsibilities

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Courses taught since January 2015:

Introduction to Visual Culture (sub-honours course)

Introduction to Film (sub-honours course)

Honours Seminar: The Visual Culture of Medicine: Imaging the Body in-between Art and Science (open to medical humanities students)

Honours Seminar: Cinema and Science Beyond Science Fiction (open to medical humanities students)

MLitt in Visual Culture and Arts Management

Contributing to the MLitt course Critical Approaches to Literature, Science and Medicine

Contributing to Cinema and Revolution (sub-honours course)

UG Dissertation Course

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Expert evaluator for the projects Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET Open CSA)


Admin Responsibilities

FVC UP Coordinator 2018-2019

Open Day Coordinator

UG Dissertation Coordinator

Co-director GWW Centre for Visual Culture

MLitt Coordinator

Public Engagement and Outreach Initiatives

2014: Consultant for A.M. Qattan Foundation (London and Ramallah). Seminar series on art-science cross-fertilization and initial fieldwork with stakeholders for the creation of a science centre in Ramallah, Palestine.

2012-2013: Scientific coordinator of Arscientia (Venice, Italy) (www.arscientia.eu)

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

Invited speaker at the research workshop The Epistemic Functions of Vision in
Science, University of Bergamo and Max Planck Institute Berlin, Italy, October 2018

‘Visualising Biodata in MRI (re)invention”, Pastis Seminars, University of Padua, Italy, January 2018

‘Visualising Data In-between Science and Art: Biomedical imaging practices in MRI
innovation, past and present”, presentation at the Art Science Conference. 50 Years
of Leonardo, Bologna, Italy, June 2017

'Life Beyond Control: Cinematographic Experiments between Beauty and Chance', Science in Culture, St Andrews University, March 2017

‘The Potential of Life: Objects and Scenarios in between Design and Neuroscience’ Life, in Theory. Society for Literatures, Science and the Arts, Turin, June 2014

‘The Visual Arts and Science’, lecture series Interdisciplinary Adventures for Visual Arts, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, December 2013

‘Esperimenti di qualità: pubblici museali e cultura scientifica’, Associazione Nazionale Musei della Scienza (ANMS), Natural History Museum, Venice, November 2013

‘Guided by pictures: from Jean-Luc Godard to Brain Scans’, Visual Studies as an Academic Discipline, Zagreb, November 2013

‘Imaginaire scientifique, divulgation et comportements du public: résultats d’étude du Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Venise’, Teaching module (4 hours) for museum professionals Entre images, imagination et imaginaire : le son et la lumière dans l’exposition,OCIM, Toulouse, February 2013

‘Performing the aesthetics of science: visitors' discourses, movements and gestures in the Museum of Natural History in Venice’, Quality Honesty and Beauty in Science Communication, PCST Public Communication of Science and Technology, Florence, May 2012

‘The scan-portrait: geographies and geometries of perception’, The Vital Body, the Sensous Body: Interventions in the Photographic, University of Lund, April 2012

‘Freeing gestures from images in selected cinematic practices’, Image as Gesture. Nomadikon, Bergen, November 2011

‘Curating the Biomedical Archive-fever’ Contemporary Biomedical Science and Technology as a Challenge to Museums, (EAMHMS), Copenhagen, September 2010

‘Facing Nanoart: a New Aesthetic and Epistemology of the Surface?’ Textures. (SLSA), Riga, June 2010



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