UCLAの教授でメディア・アーティストでもあるヴィクトリア・ベズナ（Victoria Vesna）とナノ科学の草分け的存在ジェームス・ギムゼウスキー教授（James Gimzewski）が中心になって計画、ロサンゼルス郡立美術館(LACMA)で開催されたナノ（NANO）展では、「ナノマンダラ」（nanomandala）という作品をベズナ教授のもと制作しました。チャールズ＆レイ・イームズ(Charles and Ray Eames)が考案、その後IBMの協力で完成した映画「パワーズ・オブ・テン（Powers of Ten）」を彷彿とさせるようなこの作品は、チベットの砂曼荼羅をモチーフにつくられた映像作品で、精巧な電子顕微鏡で撮影されたという砂の原子の映像から、だんだんと大きいイメージが白い砂の上に映し出され、最後には実物大の砂曼荼羅が完成するというものです。ちなみにこの作品は、イタリアのステファニア・ミシェリ・スタジオ（Stefania Miscetti Studio）が購入、ローマで展示されるとの事です。
Artist Victoria Vesna and nano-scientist James Gimzewski present two of their major works - nanomandala and blue morph.
The nanomandala installation consists of a video projected onto a disk of sand, 8 feet in diameter. Visitors can touch the sand as images are projected in evolving scale from the molecular. structure of a single grain of sand -achieved my means of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM)- to the recognizable image of the complete mandala, and then back again. Of the artwork the artist says: ＜＜ Inspired by watching the nanoscientist at work, purposefully arranging atoms just as the monk laboriously creates sand images grain by grain, this work brings together the Eastern and Western minds through their shared process centered on patience. Both cultures use these bottom-up building practices to create a complex picture of the world from extremely different perspectives. ＞＞ Nanotechnology is changing our perception of life and this is symbolic in the Blue Morpho butterfly with the optics involved -- that beautiful blue color is not pigment at all but patterns and structure. Blue Morph is an interactive installation that uses nanoscale images and sounds derived from the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. This coming together of art, science and technology is a modern interpretation of an ancient tradition that consecrates the planet and its inhabitants to bring about purification and healing.
*Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski *have been collaborating for the past six years on a series of installations that address the impact of nanoscience on culture and consciousness in an experiential manner. They aim to question some of the prevalent narratives and ideas around nanotechnology and use their respective skills and talents to create interactive works such as buckyballs manipulated by shadows and Tibetan mandalas that allow the viewer to enter into a grain of sand. Their work was exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Castellon, Seville, Gijon, Valencia, Spain, Belgrade, Serbia, Paris, Marseille, France, Seoul, Korea, Beijing, Shanghai China, Perth, Australia, Benevento and Rome, Italy, and has been featured in dozens of magazines and journals that cross disciplines and on television, including the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
*Victoria Vesna* is a media artist, professor and former chair of the department of Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. She is director of the UCLA Art|Sci center and the UC Digital Arts Research Network. Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. She explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. In her most recent installations she is concerned with the environment --
“Mood Swings” deals with the environmental effects on mental health and was exhibited in University of Washington, in a festival in Berlin and Castellon, Spain. “Water Bowls” aims to raise consciousness around the issues of pollution of our global life source and was exhibited in Beijing, Los Angeles and will be exhibited in Spain and Zurich. Other notable works are Bodies INCorporated, Datamining Bodies, n0time and Cellular Trans_Actions. Victoria has exhibited her work in 18 solo exhibitions, over 70 group shows, published 20+ papers and gave a 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is recipient of many grants, commissions and awards, including the Shanghai Art and Science best artwork award in 2008, the Oscar Signorini award for best net artwork in 1998 and the Cine Golden Eagle for best scientific documentary in 1986. Vesna's work has received notice in numerous publications such as Art in America, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, Spiegel (Germany), The Irish Times (Ireland), Tema Celeste (Italy), and Veredas (Brazil) and appears in a number of book chapters on media arts. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and editor of Database Aesthetics book published by Minnesota Press in 2007.
*James Gimzewski* pioneered research on electrical contact with single atoms and molecules, light emission and molecular imaging using STM. His current interests are in the Nanoarchitectonics of molecular systems and cells with applications for nanomedicine. Recently, he has undertaken groundbreaking research in an entirely new field of biophysics, which he calls sonocytology.of living cells. In 2005 he published the most downloaded paper in Nature on a pocket sized nuclear fusion device. Gimzewski received the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the 1997 The Discover Award for Emerging Fields, the 1998' Wired 25' Award from Wired magazine and the Institute of Physics "Duddell" 2001 prize and medal for his work in nanoscale science. He holds two IBM "Outstanding Innovation Awards", and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. Gimzewski was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, and he has joined the scientific boards of Quantum Precion Instruments, The Lifeboat Foundation and Veeco-DI Instruments and is a member of the UCLA California Nanosystems Institute, NASA Cell Mimetic Institute for Space Exploration and UCLA ART|SCI Center. With over 200 papers published, Gimzewski's research continues to appear in journals, such as Science, Chemical Engineering and Nature. He has also appeared in many popular magazines such as Discover Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. Currently he is a visiting professor at the University of Marseille II and Benjamin Meakin visiting Professo￥r at the University of Bristol. Gimzewski is co-director of the MANA (Materials NanoArchitetronics) initiative at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan.