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Nano^Art @ Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015

Nano^Art @ Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015 was an experimental event where established artists and members of the NanoDTC presented ideas from interactions from a period of several months, shedding light on the concepts emerging from their interdisciplinary exchange.

The nanoscale is a world where everything is smaller than a thousandth of a human hair. This is a domain where bulk properties and individual characteristics of materials are both in evidence, and raise deep questions on how we perceive, interpret and make sense of materials and interactions that are very far from everyday human experience and physical realities.

Interdisciplinarity is core to making sense of the nanoscale, requiring collaboration between physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists and engineers. Nano^Art extends the interdisciplinarity and brings together groups of established artists and emerging scientists to engage in a series of lab and studio interchanges to explore questions on perception, scale, transformation and self-assembly.

Through sharing conceptual approaches, physical locations and technical processes, the groups explored points of connections between their different disciplines, with the aim of drawing out areas for further dialogue and investigations.  Their presentations documented their interactions over the past few months, shedding light on the ideas emerging from their interdisciplinary exchange.

Nano^Art @ Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015 was conceived of and organized by Dr. Karishma Jain and Prof. Jeremy Baumberg of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) and Sculptor Melissa Pierce Murray.

 

Programme:

Introductions:

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg – Director, NanoDTC, Thereza Wells – Curator and Co-Director, Artakt (www.artakt.co.uk)

Making Sense of Matter

Sculptor Melissa Murray  www.melissapmurray.wordpress.com, Scientists Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, Will Robinson

The Quantum I(nstitute)

Curator Bronac Ferran     http://www.boundaryobject.org/ , Scientists Jasmine Rivett, Carmen Palacios Berraquerro, Camille Stavrakas

Opening Pathways in Reality

Artist Geraldine Cox     http://www.findingpatterns.info/, Scientists Rox Middleton, James Dolan

What if it is true after all?

Artist Les Bicknell         http://lesbicknell.blogspot.co.uk/, Scientists Hadi Modarres, Francesca Boughey, Michael de Volder

LID

Artist Diana Scarborough  http://www.dianascarborough.co.uk , Scientists Ivan Dimov, Laurie Young

Perception-Irreversibility-Spaghetti

Visual Artist Marina Velez      http://www.marinavelez.com/ , Scientists Giorgio Divitini, Priti Gupta, Helen Springbett

 

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

Date/Time: Saturday, 31st October - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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