Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nanotechnology + Art

This week’s lecture is a fascinating one involving the great topic of Nanotechnology and Art. As Professor Vesna talks about in her lecture video, she has been a part of nanotech for a long time. She expresses how nanotechnology goes beyond everything we’ve ever known and is something much greater than us and everything else surrounding us. This includes sciences in the sense the old methodology does not work in nanoscience. Professor Vesna explains it as a collaborative science that is essentially shifting paradigm. Nanotechnology really pushes us over the edge. Dr. Gimzewski says the term was originally coined by Norio Taniguchi and then explains how almost every aspect of science is affected by nanotechnology. One fascinating aspect about nanotechnology is that it has an immense capability to alter the world of science. However, most people do not know anything about how influential and effective nanotechnology is.
Nanotechnology is explained as “the realm where materials have dimensions of 100 nanometers or less”. NanoArt is a complex artistic-scientific. The fact of the matter is that art makes science so much clearer for us to understand and enhances science and technology. As stated in lecture by Jim Gimzewski and Victoria Vesna, “In both the philosophical and visual sense, ‘seeing is believing’ does not apply to nanotechnology, for there is nothing even remotely visible to create proof of existence” (Gimzewski and Vesna).
An example that I found interesting to me is the work of glass blowers during renaissance. Stained Glass windows are a large part of the beauty of churches. I remember I used to go to Catholic church every Sunday and sit in awe of each unique glass window. It’s like they individually told a story full of color and shapes. The integration of metallic nanoparticles within the hot glass completely showcases how immensely beautiful and articulate nanotech art is or can be. “Some example could be cited as the ruby-red colour coming from gold nanoparticles, the purple of Cassius made of a colloid of elemental gold supported on tin dioxide.”
I came across this article titled 10 Unconventional Uses Of Nanotechnology, that showcased all the diversity and complexity of nanotechnology. Isaac talks about a nanotech art by John Hart who is a mechanical engineer from the University of Michigan. He actually created a portrait of Barack Obama in which they coined Nanobama. It’s measurements are “just half a millimeter across and is entirely sculpted from 150 nanotube”. It is known as the world's tiniest Presidential portrait.

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