Monday, November 03, 2014

NanoArt at STEAM3 at the University of Texas

The first Steam3 Science (Science + Tech + Engineering + Arts + Math "cubed") was a unique public event held on March 1st and 2nd, 2014 at the University of Texas, JJ Pickle Research Campus. The event presented a comprehensive look into the future of experiential learning providing an interactive stage for the exploration and demonstration of the fast emerging approaches, formats, technologies, and learning models that will redefine education over the next decade.

Beside and art exhibit and a scanning electron microscopy demo, thanks to the generosity of Hitachi, Cris Orfescu presented a paper on NanoArt as one of the most effective tools to introduce Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to students and general public. The paper presented the first uses of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies to create art, the beginnings of NanoArt, and the actual status on this new artistic-scientific discipline and movement that evolved from recent technological developments in the multidisciplinary area known as nanotechnology. It also informed the audience about the international juried NanoArt competitions, festivals, and exhibitions. Thoughts of select nanoartists and art people in the regard to NanoArt were also presented.