Drew Berry

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Drew Berry
Born1970 (age 52–53)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
AwardsMacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Scientific career
Fieldsbiomedical animator
InstitutionsWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Drew Berry (born 1970) is an American biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. He produces animations of proteins and protein complexes to illustrate cellular and molecular processes.[1]

Education[edit]

Berry received a Bachelor of Science (1993) and Master of Science (1995) degrees from the University of Melbourne, and received training in cell biology as well as in light microscopy and electron microscopy.

Career[edit]

Since 1995, Berry has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.[2] His 3D and 4D animations have focussed on explaining cellular and molecular processes relevant to research conducted at the institute, in fields including molecular biology, malaria, cell death, cancer biology, hematology and immunology.[3]

Berry's animations have received many awards and commendations. His animations which formed part of Harold Varmus' 'Genes and Jazz' presentation were described by The New Yorker as "astonishingly beautiful".[4] In 2009 American Scientist stated "The admirers of Drew Berry... talk about him the way Cellini talked about Michelangelo."[5] In 2010, the New York Times claimed "If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry"[6]

After collaborating with Berry for the Biophilia animated music app, the musician Björk described Berry as "someone who has made scientifically correct animation of DNA… on this project, he has crossed the line beautifully into the artistic realm where he has animated gorgeous DNA but added some poetic licence... he truly has brought magic to our insides, and shows us that we don’t have to look far for the miracle of nature, it is right inside us!"[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2004 BAFTA award for DNA Interactive DVD, UK 2004[8]
  • 2005 Emmy Award for DNA documentary series[9]
  • 2005 Maya Master Award
  • 2006 National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge first place, noninteractive multimedia[10]
  • 2008 Nature Niche Prize[11]
  • 2009 Seed Magazine 'Revolutionary Minds'[12]
  • 2010 MacArthur Fellowship[13]
  • 2016 Honorary Doctor of Technology, Linköping University Sweden[14]

Highlight exhibitions and productions[edit]

  • 2003 SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater[15]
  • 2003 "DNA" project Channel 4, PBS and American Museum of Natural History; Five episode "DNA" documentary series, "DNA: The Secret of Life" museum film, "DNAi" DVD, DNAi.org online education portal [11]
  • 2003 "oZone" Cinema of Tomorrow Experimental Digital Media Art Festival, Pompidou Centre Paris, France[16]
  • 2003 International Genetics Congress 2003 opening ceremony performance, Melbourne, Australia[17]
  • 2003 Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square ‘Transfigure’ exhibition, Australia[18]
  • 2004 Museum of Modern Art (New York) ‘Premieres’ exhibition[19]
  • 2004 Queensland Art Gallery "The Nature Machine" exhibition, Brisbane, Australia[20]
  • 2004 National Academy of Sciences Koshland Science Museum, USA[21]
  • 2005 Visual effects for Doctor Who episode "The End of the World"
  • 2006 Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • 2006 Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art ‘Strange Attractors’ exhibition, China[22]
  • 2006 Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft Düsseldorf, Museum of Design, exhibition on nanotechnology, Germany[23]
  • 2008 20th Century Fox ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ visual effects, USA[24]
  • 2008 Niche Prize exhibition, The Royal Institute of Great Britain, UK[25]
  • 2008-09 ‘Genes and Jazz’ at the Guggenheim with Harold Varmus[26]
  • 2009 ‘The Cell’ [12] BBC documentary series with Dr Adam Rutherford, UK
  • 2009 ‘200th birthday of Charles Darwin’ exhibition, Museum of Natural History Stuttgart Germany[27]
  • 2009 ‘Genome Dome’ exhibition, University of Geneva, Switzerland[28]
  • 2010 Imagine Science Film Festival, New York[29]
  • 2011 TEDxCaltech[30]
  • 2011 TEDxSydney[31]
  • 2011 Björk's Biophilia album Hollow music video[32] and DNA Replication drum machine[33] iPad app[34]
  • 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology "Visionaries in Motion" speaker series[35]
  • 2011 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNAi.org Spliceosome visualization
  • 2012 Animations for E.O.Wilson's Life on Earth digital textbook[36]
  • 2014 'Virus one billion times' architectural projection show, White Night Melbourne, Australia [37]
  • 2015 'Mendel: the Legacy' Brno Abbey architectural mapping live concert, Czech Republic[38]
  • 2015 'The Illuminarium' WEHI architectural art installation, Melbourne Australia[39]
  • 2016 'The Malaria Lifecycle' wehi.tv, Australia[40]
  • 2016 'Biomedical Breakthroughs' Melbourne Museum WEHI exhibition, Australia[41]
  • 2018 'The Future Starts Here' V&A South Kensington[42]
  • 2018-22 'Respiration' cell biology animations by wehi.tv [43] for HHMI BioInteractive [44]
  • 2022 'Virus one million times' Science Gallery exhibition, Melbourne Australia[45]
  • 2023 'Chemistry of Life' 8K 3D fulldome film, Norrköping Visualisation Centre, Sweden[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Author: Drew Berry". Interalia Magazine. 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  2. ^ Drew Berry by Colin Martin, The Lancet, Volume 377, Issue 9769, Page 895 [1] 12 March 2011
  3. ^ WEHI.TV Animations
  4. ^ Swing Science by Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker [2] 1 December 2008
  5. ^ American Scientist, Science Observer: Molecular Movie Stars [3] September–October 2009 Volume 97, Number 5 Page: 382
  6. ^ Where Cinema and Biology Meet [4] 15 November 2010.
  7. ^ Drew Berry's Bio-Animations Dazed Digital Dazed & Confused August 2011 Issue
  8. ^ Twisted tale of the double helix [5] 29 February 2004
  9. ^ Animations for the multi-media project, DNA, author Drew Berry, wins Emmy Award [6] 23 September 2005.
  10. ^ 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced [7] 21 September 2006
  11. ^ Niche Prize winners announced [8] 16 July 2008
  12. ^ Revolutionary Minds: The Interpreters: Drew Berry- illuminated manuscripts [9] April 2009.
  13. ^ 2010 MacArthur Fellows: Drew Berry
  14. ^ "Six new honorary doctors". liu.se. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  15. ^ SIGGRAPH 2003, San Diego, Electronic Theater
  16. ^ About WEHI.TV Archived 19 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ About WEHI.TV Archived 19 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Drew Berry- Body Code, Australian Centre for the Moving Image "Drew berry". Archived from the original on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 2003
  19. ^ "MoMA Film Exhibitions: Premieres November 21, 2004 – January 31, 2005"
  20. ^ The Nature Machine Media Kit, Queensland Art Gallery Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ About WEHI.TV Archived 19 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Strange Attractors: Exhibiting Artists
  23. ^ About WEHI.TV Archived 19 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ New York Times- 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' production credits
  25. ^ "Culture dish". Nature. 454 (7202): 279. July 2008. doi:10.1038/454279b. ISSN 1476-4687. S2CID 4427663.
  26. ^ In Science and Jazz, Father and Son Find Common Bonds [10] 9 June 2009
  27. ^ About WEHI.TV Archived 19 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "Project - Culturetech". www.culturetech.biz. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  29. ^ Imagine Science Films: Fighting Infection By Clonal Selection "Fighting Infection by Clonal Selection". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 18 October 2010
  30. ^ TEDxCaltech speakers
  31. ^ TEDxSydney speakers Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Hollow" music video by Björk + Drew Berry (wehi.tv), 2010, retrieved 23 January 2023
  33. ^ björk: biophilia: hollow app tutorial, retrieved 23 January 2023
  34. ^ Drew Berry's Bio-Animations Dazed Digital Dazed & Confused August 2011 Issue
  35. ^ "Biomedical Animator Drew Berry to Speak at RIT Dec. 8" RIT University News 1 Dec 2011
  36. ^ "E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth: Team"
  37. ^ Virus one billion times (2014) Drew Berry wehi.tv and Franc Tétaz, retrieved 23 January 2023
  38. ^ Mendel: The Legacy — The Well-Tempered Genotype. A Live Video-mapping Concert from Brno., retrieved 7 January 2023
  39. ^ The Illuminarium at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, by Drew Berry, retrieved 22 January 2023
  40. ^ Malaria Lifecycle -- no narration (2016) by Drew Berry wehi.tv, retrieved 22 January 2023
  41. ^ Research, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical (2 September 2016). "Century of medical breakthroughs celebrated at Melbourne Museum". WEHI. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  42. ^ "V&A · The Future Starts Here - Exhibition". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  43. ^ "Respiration by wehi.tv (2021) - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  44. ^ "Respiration animation". HHMI BioInteractive. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  45. ^ "Virus one million times". Science Gallery Melbourne. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  46. ^ "Chemistry of Life". C. 13 April 2023. Retrieved 4 May 2023.

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