Science as Art: NanoArt 2007 International Online Competition

NanoArt is a new art form where micro or nanosculptures (sculptures at molecular and atomic scales), created by artists or scientists through chemical and/or physical processes, are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscopes. The monochromatic electron microscope scans are processed further using different artistic techniques to create works of art that can be showcased for the general public.

Science as Art Image
Science As Art. Courtesy of Cris Orfescu.

For the NanoArt 2007 Competition, Cris Orfescu, an artist and scientist who founded, will provide 3 high-resolution monochromatic electron scans as seed images for artists to choose from. The participating artists will need to alter these images in an artistic way to finish the artistic-scientific process and create a NanoArt work. The artists or scientists are encouraged to participate with their own images as long as the images visualize micro or nanostructures.

The seed images provided are micrographs of micro and nanosculptures aimed to help artists (who are not scientists or don’t currently work with scientists on NanoArt projects) with their artistic interpretations. Carol Cooper, who participated in last year’s competition, used the micrograph provided and created new NanoArt in collaboration with other scientists.

Carol Cooper Nano Poolette
Nano Poolette. Courtesy of Carol Cooper.

The worldwide NanoArt 2007 competition is open to all artists 18 years and older. Submission deadline is December 31, 2007. Online voting will open January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008. Judging is via the internet and decided by site visitors. Winners will be notified and published online around April 15, 2008.

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