I create biomedical animations that combine cinema and science to reveal the microscopic worlds inside our bodies.
My career began in cell biology and microscopy at The University of Melbourne. I have used this knowledge to bring a rigorous scientific approach to every topic, immersing myself in relevant research and current data to ensure the frontier of human discovery is authentically reconstructed.
Since 1995, I have worked as a biomedical animator at the institute. My animations have exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva.
The Illuminarium – creating a spectacle of science
Created as a part of our 2015 centenary celebrations, the Illuminarium is a beacon of scientific discovery.
Spanning the six-storey facade of our Parkville building, the revolving LED-light installation comes to life at dusk and in the early morning hours with images and data from the frontier of medical research.
The Illuminarium reveals to the outside world, what is being discovered inside the institute.
“Data is extraordinarily beautiful and that’s what I essentially wanted to do with the Illuminarium: create a spectacle of science” – Drew Berry.
Australia, The University of Melbourne, BSc(Hons)
Australia, The University of Melbourne, MSc
Sweden, Linköping University, Hon DTech
Recognition and awards
2016 Honorary Doctor of Technology, Linköping University, Sweden
2010 MacArthur Fellowship
2010 New York Times “If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry.”
2008 The New Yorker “[Drew Berry’s] animations are astonishingly beautiful”
2009 American Scientist “The admirers of Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia, talk about him the way Cellini talked about Michelangelo.”
2008 – 2009 Niche Prize, Nature journal
2005 Emmy for DNA documentary series by Windfall Films
2004 BAFTA award for DNA Interactive DVD by RGB Co
Highlight Exhibitions and Productions
2014 Virus one billion times at the State Library of Victoria, White Night Melbourne festival
2011–2014 E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iPad interactive textbook of biology, North Carolina
2014 Apple Distinguished Educator keynote presentation, San Diego
2013 Pixar University invited speaker, San Francisco
2013 and 2014 Vivid Festival Vivid Ideas speaker, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012 TED talk top ten “Jaw Dropping” presentation
2012Apple Inc invited speaker, Cupertino
2012 Google SciFoo, San Francisco
2010 Björk ‘Hollow’ music video
2010-2013 Björk’s Biophilia interactive album and stage show
2009–2010 University of Geneva’s Genome Dome exhibition, Switzerland
2008–2009 Guggenheim Genes and Jazz with Harold Varmus, New York
2008–2009 The Royal Institution of Great Britain installation, London
2006 Zendai Museum of Modern Art Strange Attractors exhibition, Shanghai
2004–2005 Museum of Modern Art Premieres exhibition, New York
2003–2004 ACMI Transfigure exhibition, Melbourne
2002–2003 DNA documentary series, Windfall Films and Channel 4, London