Atomic Cinema

These images presented are of traditional oil paintings and an image of a Macromolecular Femtosecond Crystallography Diffraction Pattern only seen by a handful of people on earth achieved at Stanford’s LCLS accelerator.





Oil paintings (Architectonic Composition on Artfix Linen)

 Steven J Oscherwitz

Art/Science Researcher

Oil on Artfix Linen

Architectonic Composition




Images of Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory LCLS MFX Diffraction Pattern

Stanford’s Linear Accelerator;


Biochemist Dr. Petra Frommes Experiment

MFX Head Beam-Line Staff Scientist Dr. Mark Hunter and Team

Art/Science Hybrid Theorist Steven J Oscherwitz

A digital representation of a very complex and unique diffraction pattern produced from Biochemist /Scientist Petra Fromme's pioneering XFELs MFX experiment exploring never before seen oxidative states of Photosynthesis. 

This image also represents the collaborative exploration by this scientist and the art/science researcher Steven J. Oscherwitz exploring this powerful scientific image as also a groundbreaking and influential conduit to cutting-edge art/science research.

 Ground Breaking technologies such as a free-electron laser at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and macromolecular femtosecond crystallography, have allowed us to observe biochemical reactions at a temporal scale previously unimaginable. In this laboratory, accelerated electrons moving at almost the speed of light through magnets create a stream of photons.

These photons are pulsed on a femtosecond scale through a biological sample and imaged on a silicon detector, producing digital images of the diffraction pattern of the sample's atomic structure. These are serial images that form a film of the kinetics of a biochemical reaction taking place at a speed we find difficult to comprehend.

We can now see nature in its temporal dimension, not just static visualizations of molecular biological structures abstracted away from the heat of their creation.

I want to make a claim and argue through Post-Phenomenological Theoretic Visualization that Petra Fromme’s Diffraction Image presents an experience of unprecedented aesthetic power that levels and demolishes presumptions about art and science being separate readymade tasks of exploring nature.

To push my point even further, I want to claim that Petra Fromme’s and LCLS Mark Hunter MFX team are making great art as well as great science.