Wednesday, June 24, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: Yasmin_discussions Digest, Vol 29, Issue 1


I found your workshops on the sub atomic scale
interesting=particularly the exploration of what kinds
of things happen at the nanoscale that dont happen at
our scale

as i have folllowed this months discussion ( a few days left)
on artists and atoms:fission and fusion it reinforces how
foreign this scale of the world is to us

it is like the time of henry the navigator in portugal
when navigators would go out exploring and then come
back with incredible stories about the strange things they saw

I think I already told the story of how when Pytheas went to the
arctic circle from marseille in 400 BC he came back with stories
about the sun that never set and no one believed him

artists who work at the nano scale are like pytheas , experiencing
a world that is totally foreign to us

one of the aspects of the scale of atoms that is foreign to us is

paul virilio has a new book, Le Futurisme de l"Instant

that discusses 'nano chronologies', i havent read the book yet
but heard virilio talking on the radio- i am not in general a fan of
virilios technopessimism but i think he is right that we are so used
to living in our timescales that when we start living in a world that
is functioning on different time scales we are bound to be disoriented

all the phenomena of atomic fission and fusion happen on time
scales shorter than our mind can update itself !!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela Last <>
Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 2:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Yasmin_discussions Digest, Vol 29, Issue 1

Dear all!

I very much share the interest in rendering the atomic and subatomic
scale - i would not use the word 'comprehensible', but maybe...
rendering the space in different ways so it can be experimented with
from different angles. Rendering the invisible and intangible in nature
has been a theme I've been working on for more than ten years as both an
artist and geographer (and sometimes as a musician). I have just
completed a project called 'Mutable Matter' where I tried to unite
recent endeavours in sci-art with public discussion. I did some
experimental workshops on the theme of nanotechnology with mostly
non-scientists using rather primitive materials such as plasticine,
magnets, play slime and polystyrene balls. Part of the idea of the
project was to let the materials influence the dialogue - questioning
the idea of 'inanimate' matter through the very process.

I have started posting some of the outcomes on my blog:




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