Inner Worlds: Art in the Age of Nanotechnology

Nano Grand Canyon by Monika Lelonek, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards

Inner Worlds
Art in the Age of Nanotechnology
A talk by Honor Harger, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

For the INL Summit, Nanotechnology: The New Economy
Organised by the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
Braga, Portugal
19th – 20th Oct. 2017


Artists, designers, filmmakers and musicians can be extremely skilled at illuminating scientific process and ideas, and giving audiences powerful metaphors to be able to understand and appreciate science.
This talk will show how curators, working with artists, can give us us lenses that enable us to see the inner worlds of art in the age of nanotechnology. It will begin by introducing ArtScience Museum, an institution in Singapore that explores the interconnection between art, science, culture and technology. The museum illustrates that collaboration between the arts and sciences has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes that enrich both fields. The talk will continue by showing examples of practice by artists working with the microscopic scales of cells, atoms, and even the sub-atomic world.


Works cited in Introduction:

Nano Grand Canyon by Monika Lelonek, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
Die Wueste erwacht (The Wake Up) by Jenna Wies, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
– IBM in atoms (Blue Nickel) by Donald Eigler and Erhard Schweizer, IBM, 1989
Scale Travels: ad/ab Atom by Ryoichi Kurokawa, made with INL, exhibited at gnration, 2017:

Works cited in Art and Science section:

– ArtScience Museum, Singapore:
Da Vinci: Shaping the Future – original artwork by Leonardo Da Vinci in South East Asia for the first time, ArtScience Museum, 2014-2015
Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder, original masterpieces by M.C. Escher in Singapore for the first time, ArtScience Museum, Sep 2017-Feb 2017
Collider – a major show from Science Museum London on particle physics, shown at ArtScience Museum, Nov 2015 – Feb 2016
Gift of Mass by Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, and Paolo Scoppola, shown at ArtScience Museum 2015-2016
The Deep, deep sea exhibition which started at the French National Museum of Natural History, shown at at ArtScience Museum, May – Oct 2015
NASA – A Human Adventure, ArtScience Museum, 19 November 2016 – 19 March 2017
Universe of Water Particles by teamLab,. Part of Future World at ArtScience Museum:
Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram shown at ArtScience Museum 2014-2015
Projections of a Perfect Third by Conrad Shawcross at ArtScience Museum 2014-2015
The Universe and Art, ArtScience Museum, 1 April – 30 July 2017:
HUMAN+ – The Future of Our Species, ArtScience Museum, 20 May – 15 October, 2017 –

Works cited in Art in the Age of Nanotechnology

Nachthimmel (The Night Sky) by Aike Meier zu Greffen, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
Mystique Grotto by Kathrin Schwirn, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
Le soleil a rendezvous avec la lune (The sun has a rendezvous with the moon) by Valerie Panneels, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
– Scale Travels: ad/ab Atom, by Ryoichi Kurokawa, made with INL, 2017
Breaking the Symmetry! by Aleks Labuda, Asylum Research, Materials Research Society Science as Art Competition:
Die Welt der Nano Pfannkuchen (The World of Nano Pancakes) by Nadine Geyer, Nano4Women Nano & Art Awards:
– Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) invented Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer at IBM Zürich.
Nanobama by John Hart of University of Michigan – portraits composed of 150 million carbon nanotubes, 2008
Art in the Age of Nanotechnology, held at John Curtin Gallery in Perth, Australia, 2010, featuring Paul Thomas and Kevin Raxworthy, Mike Phillips, Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau and Boo Chapple:
Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology – Biennial focused on nanotechnology and art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, 2014:
NanoArt website developed by Cris Orfescu:
– Paul Thomas’ book on NanoArt in 2013:,id=4971/

Case Studies cited:

NANO by Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004:
Nanoessence by Paul Thomas and Kevin Raxworthy (2009):
Hostage pt.1 – nano engineered blacker-than-black artwork- by Frederik De Wilde, 2010:

Works cited in conclusion:

– Tan Peng Kian, from the Centre for Quantum Technologies at National University of Singapore, in 2015
Some Days by Wang Ningde, Flux Realities: Chinese Photography, ArtScienceMuseum, 2014
Crystal Universe by teamLab, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, ArtScience Museum:

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