Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NanoArt 2008 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION - 3rd Edition


FREE Entries - Open to All Artists and Scientists - Nanostructures Seed Images are Provided for Further Artistic Creation
Submission deadline January 15, 2009

NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences. To read more about NanoArt and Nanotechnology please visit http://nanoart21.org/.

The worldwide competition NanoArt 2008 is open to all artists 18 years and older. The online exhibition will open for public on January 20, 2009. Judges: Jeanne Brasile, artist, director and primary curator of the Walsh Gallery at the Seton Hall University; Rocky Rawstern, artist and consultant, former editor of Nanotechnology Now, awarded with the 2005 Foresight Institute Prize in Communication. Winners will be notified and published online after March 31, 2009. The competition will be promoted on different venues online, nanoart21.org contacts, word-of-mouth. The artists could also promote the competition on their websites and other venues.

For the 2008 edition of this competition, nanoart21.org founded by artist and scientist Cris Orfescu (http://www.crisorfescu.com/) will provide 3 high resolution monochromatic electron scans for competitors to choose from. The participating artists will have to alter the provided image(s) in any artistic way to finish the artistic-scientific process and create NanoArt work(s). The artists and scientists are strongly encouraged to participate with their own images as long as these visualize micro or nanostructures.

The artists can participate with up to 5 images (artworks). All submitted works will be exhibited on the nanoart21.org site until March 31, 2009, together with artist's name, a short description of the artistic process, and artist’s web site and e-mail. The top 10 artists will be exhibited on nanoart21.org site for one full year and will be invited to exhibit at the 3rd edition of The International Festival of NanoArt. The previous editions of the festival were held in Finland and Germany.

For more information, please visit the competition site at http://nanoart21.org/nanoart_contest.html or send e-mail to info@nanoart21.org

Sunday, October 05, 2008

NanoArt by Orfescu at the Prince of Asturias Awards

Cris Orfescu has been invited to exhibit NanoArt to the 2008 Prince of Asturias Awards at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, Spain.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation has conferred its Awards yearly ever since 1981. They are intended to acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organizations in the following eight categories: communication and humanities, social sciences, arts, letters, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, concord and sports. H.R.H. Felipe de Borb√≥n, Prince of Asturias and Heir to the throne of Spain is the Honorary President of the Foundation that bears His name since its creation in 1980. The aim of the Foundation is to contribute to encouraging and promoting scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal heritage. Bob Dylan, Al Gore, George M. Whiteside, Google, National Geographic Society, Maya Plisetskaya, Woody Allen, Paco de Lucia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lance Armstrong, Vittorio Gassmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Michail Gorbachev, Carl Lewis, are among the winners since the beginning of the award. The award presentation ceremony is considered as one of the most important cultural events in the international agenda. Throughout its history, these awards have been honored with different recognitions, such as UNESCO’s declaration in 2004 acknowledging the extraordinary contribution of these awards to mankind's cultural heritage. This year, the grand presentation ceremony is to be held on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 pm.
NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.
NanoArt is the expression of the New Technological Revolution reflecting the transition from Science to Art using Technology and could be for the 21st Century what Photography was for the 20th Century. Over the past two decades the ability to measure and manipulate matter at atomic and molecular scales has led to the discovery of novel materials and phenomena. These advances underlie the multidisciplinary areas known today as Nanotechnology. The responsible development and application of Nanotechnology could lead to create jobs and economic growth, to enhance national security, and to improve the quality of life. Some of the benefits would be cleaner manufacturing processes, stronger and lighter building materials, smaller and faster computers, and more powerful ways to detect and treat disease. NanoArt is aimed to raise the public awareness of Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.
For updated information about the event, please check the event site at http://www.fundacionprincipedeasturias.org/ing/00/index.html.
To view Orfescu's work visit http://www.crisorfescu.com/ or http://nanoart.org/

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The 2nd International Festival of NanoArt

The 2nd International Festival for NanoArt organized by NanoArt21 (http://nanoart21.org/) will be hosted in Stuttgart, Germany by NAHVISION Institute for International Culture Exchange, between November 1st and November 30th, 2008. The show is curated by artist/scientist Cris Orfescu (USA) and art professor Dorothea Fleiss (Germany).
18 artists from 8 countries were selected to participate with their works at this invitational event: Geert Lensens (Belgium), Hugh McGrory (Ireland), Teresa Majerus (Luxembourg), Bjoern Daempfling, Dorothea Fleiss (Germany), Han Halewijn (Netherlands), Elena Lucia Constantinescu (Romania), Teja Krasek (Slovenia), Chris Robinson, Cris Orfescu, David Derr, David Hylton, Derek Toomre, Jan Kirstein, Judith Lightfeather, Lisa Black, Siddhartha Pathak, Steven Pollard (USA).

NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.

NanoArt is the expression of the New Technological Revolution reflecting the transition from Science to Art using Technology and could be for the 21st Century what Photography was for the 20th Century. Over the past two decades the ability to measure and manipulate matter at atomic and molecular scales has led to the discovery of novel materials and phenomena. These advances underlie the multidisciplinary areas known today as Nanotechnology. The responsible development and application of Nanotechnology could lead to create jobs and economic growth, to enhance national security, and to improve the quality of life. Some of the benefits would be cleaner manufacturing processes, stronger and lighter building materials, smaller and faster computers, and more powerful ways to detect and treat disease. NanoArt is aimed to raise the public awareness of Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.For updated information about the event, please send e-mail to info@nanoart21.org or check the event site at http://nanoartfestival-stuttgart.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NanoArt K12 Program



The NanoArt K12 program has been launched by NanoArt 21 in collaboration with The Nanotechnology Group. The purpose of this worldwide program is to support the education of the new generations of artists and scientists and to promote the art-science-technology intersections and NanoArt for a better youth development. Please read about NanoArt HERE.
nanoart21.org founded by artist and scientist Cris Orfescu (http://www.crisorfescu.com/) is providing 3 images of nano or microstructures for children and teens to convert them into works of art through any artistic technique. The electron micrographs depict graphite micro and nanoparticles.
All artworks will be posted on the NanoArt21 exhibition site, and the best works will be selected to be shown in physical galleries worldwide.
To read more on how to participate to this program, please visit the NanoArt K12 page.

Monday, April 21, 2008

NanoArt and Photography in the “Energetic Light” Multimedia Show

Orfescu's NanoArt work will be featured in the “Energetic Light” multimedia and still images exhibit presented by El Camino College, in California. The show brings together several forms of art, NanoArt, Photography, and Multimedia, by eight South Bay artists. It is an interesting parallel between the images created by light waves or light particles (photons) as in Photography, and the images created by much more energetic particles, like electrons (electrically charged particles) as in NanoArt. The electrons penetrate deeper inside the stuctures and generate images with more depth, more natural 3D.

NanoArt is a new discipline which combines art with science to create sculptures at molecular and atomic levels. Artists and scientists use chemical or physical processes to create these works, and the resulting micro and nanostructures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron and atomic force microscopes. These scientific images are then captured and further processed, using different artistic techniques, to convert them into artworks to be showcased for the general public.

The El Camino show artists have extracted selected still images from their multimedia pieces and framed them along side the multimedia display for comparison. The exhibit also demonstrates how carefully selected music and image movement further enhances great still images that depict subjects as large as fireworks bursts and as small as nanosculptures that are approximately 80,000 times thinner than a human hair.

To view Orfescu's work, please visit http://www.crisorfescu.com/

The exhibition opens in the Schauerman Library on Saturday, May 3rd and runs through June 15th. The library is in the center of the El Camino College campus, which is located at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. in the city of Torrance, California. The exhibit is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Orfescu's NanoArt - Digital Mural

Commuters coming to Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike now have a new landmark: a large LED digital mural outside WGBH's new studio complex in Brighton. Every day, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the digital mural features a new image or series of images drawn largely from that day's TV or radio programming on WGBH or from other sources of content that reflect WGBH's mission. Embedded in the building's exterior wall, the approximately 30-foot-by-45-foot display of light-emitting diode (LED) panels is visible to eastbound MassPike travelers from approximately a mile and a half away.WGBH is a public service media for New England on TV, radio, the Web, and out in the community. WGBH is the single largest producer of PBS prime-time and online programming, and a major source of programs heard on public radio from coast to coast.

In honor of the Cambridge Science Festival, on April 26 the WGBH's digital mural will feature the work of Cris Orfescu. This festival is the first and only full-scale celebration of science and technology in the United States. During nine days in April, the City of Cambridge erupts with 200 free & open events designed to excite, engage and educate the public.

As part of this year's Cambridge Science Fair, the Boston Museum of Science will be featuring NanoArt, an exhibition intended to promote a greater understanding of nanotechnology among the general public. Nanohedron will present a slide show featuring Orfescu's works along with other nanoartists.

NanoArt is a new discipline which combines art with science to create sculptures at molecular and atomic levels. Artists and scientists use chemical or physical processes to create these works, and the resulting atomic and molecular structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron and atomic force microscopes. These scientific images are then captured and further processed, using different artistic techniques, to convert them into artworks.

To view Orfescu's work, please visit http://www.crisorfescu.com

Monday, February 18, 2008

NanoArt and Nanotechnology - New Frontiers

One of Cris Orfescu's NanoArt multimedia works will be showed at the University of Florence, Italy, during the Italian Week of Science, at the begining of March 2008. The event features an open dialog between contemporary art and science, focused on Nanotechnology.

Principal themes to be discussed during this event are:
1. The scientific imaginary and aesthetics of contemporary art in growing up knowledge economy.
2. The development of nanoscience and new forms of artistic fruition in contemporary era.


Dr. Paolo Manzelli, the Director of LRE/EGO-CreaNet, the organization which sponsors the event, hopes to receive a broad cooperation in achieving a shared program for improving a trans-disciplinary dialogue between science and art by paying special attention to the development of Nanotechnology and NanoArt, in collaboration with NanoArt 21 founded by Cris Orfescu - http://nanoart21.org/

"The entanglement between science and art, working in a trans-disciplinary profile of innovative development in nanotechnology manufacturing, will furnish new areas of complementary research and an innovative professionalism in science and art that can be able to recover the ancient creative tradition of Florentine Renaissance, historically mediated by a unitary cooperation between Art, Science, and Technology", Manzelli says. For more event information, please visit http://www.egocreanet.it/

Orfescu's work can be viewed at: http://nanoart.org/

Thursday, January 10, 2008

NanoArt 2007 is Open for Public VOTE

NanoArt is a new art discipline at the intersections of Art, Science and Technology, and relates to the micro or nanosculptures (atomic and molecular sculptures) created by artists or scientists through chemical or physical processes and visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron or atomic force microscopes. The scientific images of these structures are captured and further processed using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences.

37 nanoartists from 13 countries and 4 continents sent 121 NanoArt works to this second edition of the international competition. Public online voting is now open through March 31, 2008 at http://nanoart21.org/. Judging is via the Internet and decided by the site visitors.

This site was founded by the artist and scientist Cris Orfescu (http://nanoart.org/) to promote worldwide the NanoArt as a reflection of the technological movement. NanoArt is a more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to inform people about the new technologies of the 21st Century and should raise the public's awareness of  Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.
To vote for your favorite NanoArt work you can also visit directly the competition albums' site at
http://nanoart21.org/nanoart-exhibitions/index.php?cat=9 and follow these 3 easy steps:
1. click on the album’s thumbnail to open album
2. click on the artwork’s thumbnail to see the large image
3. click on the number of stars you would like to rank that artwork


For more information please e-mail to info@nanoart21.org

Sunday, January 06, 2008

NanoArt Animation

NanoArt Animation by Steve Luttrell, participating artist in the 2007 NanoArt International Online Competition. Please click on the image to view the animation. To see other artworks please visit http://nanoart21.org

This artwork has 2 layers: the background layer is the original “nanoflower” image, and the foreground layer is a computer simulation of a Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belousov-Zhabotinsky_reaction). To produce this artwork the foreground layer’s BZ reaction is modified so that it is tied to the background layer’s image in such a way that bright regions of the image act as if they are sources of reactants consumed by the BZ reaction. By suitably adjusting the BZ simulation parameters a foreground animation (5 cycling frames) of a “fizzing” reaction can be created, which is then rendered using appropriate colours and transparencies. Optionally, instead of displaying the full 5-frame animation as an artwork, its individual frames can also be used as artworks.