Sunday, May 29, 2016


When I enrolled in this class, and as I looked through the weeks and their corresponding topics, I was most excited for this week’s topic. Professor Vesna put it poignantly when she said that the intersection of Space and Art is truly the summation of all the past topics covered, as it is the advent of these previous advancements, that have allowed for the interplay between space and art.  

The first artist that stood out to me that aims to explore this foreign intersection is Richard Clar, an inter-disciplinary artist that explores the many aspects of space, through art, such as orbital debris and the search for extraterrestrial life. One of my personal favorites works from is titled, “Collision 2”.



 This work shows the dangers of space, and tracks the orbital debris around the earth, highlighting the traitorous nature of space exploration. This helped me gain a greater understanding of both art and science, as Clar uses this aesthetic work to convey a great amount of scientific information, which is one of the art’s greater purposes.

Interestingly, the team that comprises the Slovenian Culture Space Program aims to take art in regards to space a step further, and conducts cultural programs physically in space. They beg the question, “what is it like to be a human in space” and they carry out the artistic and humanistic methodology and practice in space.



The above piece is the first theater performance in zero gravity. Groups like this are truly pushing the boundaries of human exploration and truly advancing both art and science forward.

After watching the lectures, I was inspired to conduct my own research to further explore this topic. I was excited when I stumbled upon this video on youtube:



The above is a national graphic short documentary that follows a few artists and physicists as they send physical art into space. This, quite literal, “out-of-world” installation is aimed to inspire scientists and artists alike, to push their own boundaries and conduct their work in unfamiliar environments, in order to fully maximize their personal growth and academic contribution.

Overall, with the advent of technology and increased space exploration, overall creative has seen an exponential increase. As space represents the unknown and unlimited possibility, it also allows for unlimited creative expression. The work that was stated previously is truly pushing not just the scientific and artistic community forward, but more so, the entire world.


References:

1. "MIT Startup Connects Art with Space, and Space with Art." Slice of MIT from the MIT Alumni Association RSS. N.p., 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 May 2016.
2. Nagy, Attila. "This Artist's Cheerful Renderings of Space Exploration Look Like Stills From The Martian." Gizmodo. N.p., 20 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 May 2016.
3. "Projects." Space Art at Art Technologies, a Collaboration between Space Technology and the Arts. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.
4. "Solar Planet." Experience The Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.
5. "Where Art And Space Travel Meet: Why Is The Art World Suddenly So Captivated By The Cosmos? | The Creators Project." The Creators Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.

Images:

1. http://www.arttechnologies.com/site-2005/projects.html
2. http://www.ksevt.eu/2015/?page_id=1849
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POHLCbdM-hs



Sunday, May 22, 2016

As stated by the corresponding lectures, Nanotechnology is pivotal in the future of the world in all aspects. Seemingly unrelated subjects, such as economics, biology, medicine, and event art are greatly affected by the evolution of nanotechnology. Specifically, in regards to the intersection of Nanotechnology and Art, these seemingly uncorrelated subjects truly form a dependent relationship.

For example, artist Cris Orfescu is pioneer in the ever growing field of “Nanoart”. According to Orfescu, nanotechnology can be used in art to convey scientific principles in a more aesthetic and digestible form.



This art piece was actually created by hydrolyzing organic compounds and lacing these compounds with gold, and then observed under a Scanning Electron Microscope, a high power microscope able to see objects measured in nanometers. Orfescu showcases the beauty of science by combining seemingly unrelated fields of study, to create an interdisciplinary work that conveys a large amount of information aesthetically.


Whereas artists like Orfescu use nanotechnology to heighten their artistic, the team of Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski at UCLA (shoutout) argue that art can be used to understand the growing field of nanotechnology. In an attempt to do this, the two showcased an exhibit at the Children’s gallery in Los Angeles. As all the exhibits are greatly influenced by nanotech, users manipulate certain aspects of the exhibits to further their understanding of basic neuroscience principles.


Above is an example of the participatory exhibit, where users manipulate the actual pieces of art to further their understanding.

Although nanotechnology can be used as a tool by scientists and artists alike to greatly benefit the world, artists like Ursula Freer remind us of the dangers of nanotech.


Above is the art piece titled “nanomoth” that Freer says shows nanotech, “Can be used for constructive as well as destructive purposes: for amazing healing procedures and deadly weapons as well”. This art piece specifically highlights nanotech’s ability to create things, as the butterfly is symbol for growth and evolution. Overall, artists like Freer are truly exploring new fields of study and pushing both the world of science and art forward.



References:

1. "Can Art Make Nanotechnology Easier to Understand?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.
2. "Is Nanoart the New Photography?" Www.nytimes.com. New York Times, n.d. Web.
3. Lilley, Maiken. "The Art of Nanotech." PBS. PBS, 18 Nov. 2010. Web. 23 May 2016.
4. "NANOTECHNOLOGY IN ART AND FILM." Revolution Fibres. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.
5. Thomas, Paul. Nanoart: The Immateriality of Art. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Images:


http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/17/technology/20080117_NANOART_SLIDESHOW_7.html

http://victoriavesna.com/index.php?p=projects&item=11