Drew Berry is a biomedical animator whose scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualizations reveal the microscopic world inside our bodies to a wide range of audiences. He delivered this speech at TEDxSydney last year. Berry’s animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award”.
One of the most important ways to understand what’s going on on a molecular level in your body is to see it yourself. Unfortunately not everyone has the capability to do such a thing, and even if they did they might not even know what they’re looking at. This is why scientists have always relied on illustrations. When you can see a clear depiction of an organ or a cell, you can get a much better idea of how everything works. Well in the present day, we have some pretty amazing animation technologies and are able to see body functions in a way we’ve never been able to before.
TEDxSydney 2011 took place on Saturday 28 May 2011 at CarriageWorks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, up to 48,000 online via YouTube … and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National. It was a grand day. About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.