Week 9: Invisible but still there by claudia zapien

The concept of nano art is a great example of the world of science and art coming together. two world that are sometimes considered as opposite as night and day and for many people they are two fields that don’t come together, but that is the biggest misconception there is. Nanotechnology can be very beneficial and also very dangerous if not used in the right manor. It is a new way to capture and image and the depth achieved by nano art is better than that of photography because instead of using photons as it is used in photography, nano art, electrons are and the electrons create much deeper depth. The nano landscapes consist of the molecular and atomic landscapes from the matter used at atomic scale and nano sculptures which are the structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes. The final product is seen through scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their images are captured and at many time undergo other artistic techniques to convert them into pieces of art.  

Africa made fomr silicon atoms at atomic scale

Africa made fomr silicon atoms at atomic scale

As i was looking through nano technology and trying to find interesting artwork done with the help of advancement in nano technology i came across a very interesting exhibition done by Alessandro Ascali and Robin Goode. They have incorporated their nano art to be a driving political force. They like the notion that the artwork that they are doing is invisible to the naked eye, yet t does exist. This idea that only because you cannot see it it doesnt mean it isn’t there. They have a few pieces of art that incorporate this concept but the one that caught my attention was the sculpture of africa. As we all know or should know, the origin of human life comes from Africa. It is a huge continent and i theory how could it be neglected, yet it is. African is a continent that is poor, neglected and exploited for its natural resources. Even with its major contributions to humans we still act as if it doesn’t exist as if it is the forgotten continent. Making a image of africa single silicon atoms is a great metaphor for the situation we are caught in. Atoms are the building blocks of everything and they are invisible to the human eyes. Only because we do not see the atoms doesn’t mean that they are not there and that they are not important. Without the atoms which are the building blocks for everything we would have nothing and Africa fall under the same lines, without africa we wouldnt be where we are today. We might not ever exist.  

By Claudia Zapien

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