Knowledge, Culture and Communication
Call for papers -- Special Issue:
NANOTECH & ART
Abstracts: June 1, 2009
Papers: July 1, 2009
In coordination with a large art exhibition at the Science Gallery in
Dublin this Fall.
Running from 1 October through 17 December 2009 at the Science
Gallery, NANO will explore the dream spaces of nanotechnology
alongside the realities and near-term applications of nanoscale
phenomena. NANO will not only sample the tools, techniques, and
applications of nanoscience, but its underlying metaphors, and what
those may hold for our understanding of ourselves and our place in the
Small stuff, big budgets, even bigger hopes and fears…
In the nearly fifty years since Richard Feynman famously proposed the
entire field of nanotechnology with a talk entitled, "There's Plenty
of Room at the Bottom," scientists and their funders have rushed to
explore and exploit this new domain—with industry and marketers never
far behind. On the tiniest of human-made structures, most still only
imagined, some enormous claims have been staked, and some outsized
hopes and fears have been raised. Popular writing on nanotechnology
routinely oscillates between extraordinary promise and dark
foreboding, from drug delivery targeted to individual cells to sci-fi
scenarios of self-replicating nanobots reducing the world to mush.
Meanwhile, our sunscreen continues to improve.
Nanoscale phenomena did not originate with Feynman's call to action or
the efforts of those who followed it—those structures and effects were
always in and around us, whether we knew it or not. What began with
his talk, and has only accelerated since, was an imaginative and very
public coupling of some existing knowledge with some longstanding
hopes to create a fertile new space both for action and more
imagining. It is in that space and on the dreams, nightmares, and
genuine achievements that inhabit it, that NANO will focus.
So what has nanoscience accomplished so far, and what are the dreams
and nightmares that attend and even drive its attempts to manipulate
nature at a scale of individual atoms? Are those dreams separable from
the science and the efforts to promote and fund it? Are they any
different from those that accompanied earlier expansions of scientific
territory? How might the metaphors on which this new science rests,
and the new ones it will produce, challenge our notions of ourselves?
Leveraging Science Gallery's unique adjacency to a working nanoscience
facility, NANO will include strong links within the exhibition to the
people, equipment and processes at CRANN as well as remote links to
labs at Tyndall Institute and UCLA
Incorporating residencies, performances, and interactive installations
and reflecting the perspectives of scientists, artists, and their
publics, NANO will provide rich opportunities for public interaction
with leading scientists, artists, engineers and policymakers around
important questions in physics, biomedicine, mathematics, social
theory, and public policy.
Send your abstracts and papers to Victoria Vesna, North American Editor
AI & Society
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