When listening with the eyes, the laboratory overwhelmed me with rhythm. The rhythm of the steady hands of the lab technicians performing their routines to perfection, leaving no superfluous motion.

Focusing on a single movement – emptying the content of one test tube in to another – this video tries to incapsulate the amount of human experience, routine and familiarity incorporated into one simple action performed over and over again. The robot pipetter at the end of the film contrasts the expressiveness of the living hands:

This video is part of my investigation into the aesthetics of the biomedical laboratory. It was recorded at Jens Juul Holst‘s laboratory at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, where Sofie Pilgaard Olesen and her colleagues work with gut hormones and their role in treating diabetes.

Read more about the project here.

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