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Cris Orfescu

I am pleased to present in a two-parts article the Top 10 artists in the 3rd edition of the international online competition for NanoArt, a new discipline at the art-science-technology intersections and a reflection of the Nanotechnology development.

April 24th, 2009

NanoArt 2008 International Online Competition - Top 10 - Part 1

The worldwide competition NanoArt 2008 was open to all artists 18 years and older. At this edition, 105 artworks were submitted by 34 nanoartists representing 11 countries. The online exhibition is open for public viewing at and includes all artworks entered in the contest. The judges for this edition were Jeanne Brasile, artist, director and primary curator of the Walsh Gallery at the Seton Hall University and Rocky Rawstern, artist and consultant, former editor of Nanotechnology Now, awarded with the 2005 Foresight Institute Prize in Communication. The Top 10 artists are also presented in a multimedia work by Cris Orfescu on Here are the contest winners:

1st Place - Jan Schmoranzer is currently a group leader and head of BioImaging facility at the Molecular Cancer Research Center of Charite Berlin. He earned his Master degree in Physics from Germany, pursued his Ph.D. in Cellular Biophysics at Rockefeller University, New York and his postdoctoral research in Cell Biology at Columbia University, New York. There he has made significant impact by building a novel type of microscope to visualize in real-time how cells secrete molecules from the inside to the outside, and how cells ‘orient' toward certain biochemical cues on a molecular basis, both processes that are essential for all cell types. Beside his research he has developed vivid interest in the visual arts: he had multiple exhibitions in photography and all of the micrographs displayed here received awards in international microscopy competitions. "Seeing the beauty of cellular structures, like microtubules, after many hours of tiring and repetitive lab-work often gives me the kick to go on. I am glad that scientist like me receive public attention for display of scientific imagery and I am excited to expand on projects like ‘Cell Portraits' by exploring different cellular structures and cell types. I believe that visualizing science - the process of research as well as its end products - will gain importance in the future, not only to draw attention to a particular scientific subject, but also for science education itself."

Jan Schmoranzer, 'Starved Fibroblasts 2'

2nd Place - Chris Robinson, art professor and visual artist who is interested in the role and meaning of science and technology in contemporary culture and how it assists in and influences cultural decision-making. He is a senior and co-principal investigator on National Science Foundation funded multi-disciplinary research teams investigating the broader impacts, societal implications, and role of images in nanoscience/technology. Robinson teaches 3D and digital imaging in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina, but is spending the Spring 2009 living and working in Pisa, Italy. His work over the years has ranged from the early use of computers in the arts to laser installations, aviation and space development, scientific exploration, and complex drawings of digital spaces. Robinson crosses the two cultures and exhibits, writes, and presents at national and international venues and conferences in the arts and sciences.

Chris Robinson, 'Untitled (Maine Fibroblasts)'

Dr. Frances Geesin is Reader in Textiles & Materials at The London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. She is a researcher / textile artist and Artistic Advisor to the Institute of Nanotechnology and (Hon FIoN). In 2003 she was awarded The Arts Foundation Fellowship for Textile Design. Her research into conductive fibres and materials were incorporated in a collaborative project with the ‘Design for Life' team at Brunel University facilitating a ‘Talking Waistcoat' for the disabled. This was followed by a three-year consultancy with Philips Research where her discoveries laid the foundations for their work with wearable electronics. The electroplating of textiles has become her signature and with her partner Ron Geesin they made three interactive sound and light textile panels for The Challenge of Materials Gallery at the Science Museum. She has exhibited and lectured in the UK, Europe and Japan: the exhibitions 'Revelation - Textile artists addressing issues' and 'Through The Surface' both toured the UK concluding at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; ‘Artists at Work - New Technology in Textile and Fibre Art', Prato, Italy; She is currently working with scientists exploring Nanotechnology, exhibiting and interpreting their electron microscopic images, contributing through her practice to demystifying nano science.

Frances Geesin, 'Silver Rolls'

4th Place - Elena Lucia Constantinescu is a scientist in the cellular biology domain. "I have come to digital art after many years of working with the microscope in my lab. I was always fascinated by the spectacular microworld and, using the image processing software for my micrographs, I was astonished by the countless posibilites offered by the digital technology to turn the photos into artistic images. And I started to draw…", says Constantinescu.

Elena Lucia Constantinescu, 'Sunk in Pink'

5th Place - Philip Brun Del Re is a junior at Western Michigan University, currently working on completing his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. "This summer I plan on studying abroad and acquiring knowledge of how different societies act and react with one another. I am interested in a multitude of scientific theories in relation to metaphysics, anthropology, and psychology. The image I have entered deals with some of these concepts and challenges the way and scale in which we view uncommon or unidentifiable images", says Del Re.

Philip Brun Del Re, 'Bubble Divide'

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