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.


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?" 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.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Anu!

    Great blog :) I really like the examples that you posted in regards to the use of nanotechnology in art. I think it's really amazing how a nanoparticle's characteristics can change just by altering the size of the particle. I'm really excited to see what other developments we can expect from this field of study!