Week 9: Nanotechnology/Jasmine Huynh

Nanotechnology is defined as the study of the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale. It can be applied to a wide range of topics, ranging from handheld devices to medicine. On Thursday, we had a guest speaker who showed various and interesting aspects of nanotechnology. He provided a great talk on nanotechnolgy that discussed many different topics, ranging from atoms to the bigger human scale. It’s hard not to think of a topic like nanotechnology as strictly scientific, but I was able to find a very interesting nanotechnology-art fusion project called “Nanoart 21.”

The website can be found here: http://www.nanoart21.org/. The website defines NanoArt be:

“a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.”

Basically, NanoArt which encompasses the core topics that we discuss in our Desma9 class: art, science and technology. I thought this was a very interesting proect because it was truly a fusion of art and science. Both aspects were prominent in the projects. For example, a scanning electron microscope, a truly scientific tool, is used to make sculptures and atomic landscapes, which are clearly artistic projects. One of my favorite pieces of work on the website was:

This piece was done by Lisa Black and submitted for the 2008-2009 NanoArt Exhibition. I like how the background of this piece looks like its a type of cell under magnification in a scanning electron microscope, but the foreground looks like an abstract piece of art. I think this is the perfect summary for our class: art and science blended into one project.

More of these great projects can be found on this website: http://nanoart21.org/nanoart2006/index.php?cat=13 which showcases all the entries into the 2008 NanoArt Exhibition. It was fascinating to read how the artists all came from different backgrounds–some were artists by training, and some were cellular biologists. Seemingly from different fields, they were both able to create unique masterpieces which ultimately wound up at the same exhibition. Nanotechnology is one of the fields that makes it easy for this fusion to occur.

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