Wednesday, June 3, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] art and atoms: fission and fusion

Hello Yasminers,

This morning i read in the newspapper the recently ¿opened? "National
Ignition Facility" at California. This is an atempt to study fusion energy
for military, energy and astrophysics pourposses, which is a parallel
attempt to the ITER proyect at Cadarache (France). It is fascinating to know
that with all this new technology (NIF is builded based on huge laser
system) it is possible to create really small "stars" at the lab and new
ways to see and make research are on the horizont. Of course, it is
dangerous as new kinds of boms or military weapons probably are potential
applications. So, we have now two science centers trying to compite in same
pourposses, USA and Europe. This is simplistic, as it can not separate as
easy the countries participations to these researchs, but it is easy to see
a "European" resources, and "American" ones, as it happens with particle
accelerators. There is more political context inside Fusion energy.

At the same time i would like to present the art-work of an artist. I think
it is really interesting for this discussion, but his work it is not
restricted to Fusion, Fision and atoms. His name is Hugo Martinez Tormo,
from Valencia, and he re-construc the science Periodic Table. His idea is to
use waves to describe and rename atoms with wave properties. His interesting
idea is to use waves that can be directly observed for humans, as wave
lenghts than can be seen by human eye and frecuencies than can be listen by
human ears. But he make the decision to select these wavelenghts and
frecuencies with a cultural criteria. He define each atom with the most
intense wavelenght in the visible emssion spectra. At the same time, build a
function to translate this fraction of the electromagnetic spectra (visible)
to the frecuencies of the human ear. In this sense each atoms is renamed
with a visible colour and sound that we can listen. This periodic table acts
as a new pallete, or new sound scales which could be used to traslate
properties from atoms to the methapores that would like to use. In
some point of view is an art-deconstructed periodic table. After this he
uses his new "palette" to build instalations. One example: wather is
composed by two hidrogens and one oxigen. We know that molecules are not the
same than atoms and their electronic properties differs, but the first
distinguisable elements which in turn create wather are hidrogen and oxigen.
He can paint with this colours walls and would like to transmite that some
cultura ideas and context of wather, the ones wich comes from
science, atoms, are painted in this wall. It seems to me that this periodic
table has tremendous potential, as it comes from new technology developments
(the ones wich comes from the beginning of the XX century) and his arts try
to rebuild the feeling of this technologyc and scientific discoverys to
incoprore the atom in the culture of the art.I left to you his personal
webpage, and the periodic table, wich is accesible is called
"Interactive.P.P", at the net art section.

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