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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > Cristian Orfescu > NANOART: New Art Discipline

Cris Orfescu
Founder
NanoArt21

Abstract:
NanoArt is a new art discipline related to micro/nanosculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nanostructures that are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscopes and Atomic Force Microscopes. After the visualization step, further artistic morphing of the images is necessary to create aesthetic artworks that could be showcased for the general public.

May 9th, 2007

NANOART: New Art Discipline

Introduction

NanoArt reflects the technological movement of the 21st century and is raising the public awareness about Nanotechnology and how this will impact our lives. The general public should be aware of this new technology and the information about it should not be limited to the government and the military.

Stretching the Limits 1 - Polymers mix on glass - Cris Orfescu

NanoArt is a new art discipline related to micro/nanosculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nanostructures that are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscopes and Atomic Force Microscopes. After the visualization step, further artistic morphing of the images is necessary to create aesthetic artworks that could be showcased for the general public. Attractive images awaken the curiosity of the audience, and people engage in discussions about Nanotechnology and are in a better position to make informed decisions.

NanoFireball - Titanium organometallic compound hydrolized - Cris Orfescu

NanoArt vs. Photography

NanoArt is part of the human evolution and could be for the 21st Century what Photography was for the 20th Century.
NanoArt is not microphotography. It is a complex artistic - scientific process involving several scientific and artistic creative steps: sculpture at molecular level, visualization of the structure using advanced microscopes (not optical), and the creation of the artwork to be showcased. The depth and three dimensions achieved in NanoArt sets this process of electron imaging apart from Photography where images are created by photons (particles of light) rather than by electrons (electrically charged particles). The electrons penetrate deeper inside the structure generating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than photographic images.

Stretching the Limits 2 - Polymers mix on glass - Cris Orfescu

Nowadays, not only scientists but ordinary people could have access to sophisticated research tools like Scanning Electron Microscopes available at the universities or the independent analytical laboratories. And, I think we are not that far from those days when the optical microscopes for hobbyists will be replaced by personal electron microscopes.

In Pieces - Colloidal graphite frozen in Liquid Nitrogen - Cris Orfescu

The Artistic - Scientific Process

We live now a New Renaissance period where sciences, technologies, and arts interact, and everything becomes multidisciplinary. We can finally talk about an artistic - scientific creative process instead of separate scientific process and artistic process. I think people are waiting for this moment for quite some time. I don't know if Michelangelo would've be interested in NanoArt if this would've be possible during the Italian Renaissance, but I am almost sure that Leonardo would've get his hands on it. More and more artists are moving towards new technologies although most of the artists are still working traditionally. The new technologies offer the artists added flexibility and power to express their thoughts and feelings in a timely manner. We are chasing time continuously and these technologies are real time savers and offer unlimited opportunities for creativity.

Flamingo- Silicon organometallic compound hydrolized - Cris Orfescu

For more information please visit: http://www.nanoart21.org

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