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Techniques and technologies involved in science-art interactions


Techniques and technologies involved in science-art interactions

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The process involved in creating mini Mona Lisa that has scientifc implications!

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Aug 7, 2013. 0 Replies

The world's most famous painting has now been created on the world's smallest canvas. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface…Continue

Making “Frozen Lightning” Art with Accelerators

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Jul 25, 2013. 0 Replies

Physicist Todd Johnson has been working at Fermilab for 30 years, but he also dabbles in art. He’s all about capturing lightning-like fractal patterns in plastic cubes with the help of a linear…Continue

Creating flowers in a lab using chemicals

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa. Last reply by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa May 21, 2013. 1 Reply

Beautiful 'flowers' self-assemble in a beaker With the hand of nature trained on a beaker of chemical fluid, the most delicate flower structures have been formed in a Harvard laboratory -- and not at…Continue

Bacteriography - Microbial art technique

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Sep 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Different type of Microbial art:The work of microbiologist-cum-photographer Zachary Copfer, who has turned a traditional artistic practice into a laudable technique weaving art and science into one.…Continue

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 6, 2016 at 8:42am

Binh Danh: Merging biological science and photography to invent a new art form, a chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images are embedded within leaves.

To create these organic pictures, Danh first makes a negative image of a photograph in a transparent material. This image-bearing transparency then is placed on a leaf and secured with a pane of glass on top and a solid backing underneath. The dark portions of the negative act as a sunblock, inhibiting both photosynthesis and the bleaching effects of sunlight on the leaf’s natural pigments. Within hours or days (when the process works), the image from the negative is incorporated within the leaf.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 8, 2015 at 7:20am

Innovations blending art and science:
Morten Gronning from Denmark and his Happaratus, or "power glove". It incorporates mechanised finger tips which could revolutionise the world of sculpture by allowing hand sculpting of wood and stone for the first time.

It gives artists and craftsmen a totally new relationship with new materials. Since developing his idea, Morten has also had interest from bone surgeons and dentists who see an application for this technology in their fields of expertise.

There is a brand new way of harvesting wind power called Moya. It uses tiny transparent strips of material to catch the breeze. Imagine thousands of them stuck to a sky scraper or lining an underground train tunnel.

Dopa is a vibrating pen designed to help sufferers of Parkinson’s disease whose hands stiffen as the disease takes hold. When you tilt the pen to write it engages the vibrational motors helping people’s writing become clearer and smoother. It also relaxes muscles as the pen travels across the page.
Imperial College's course for Innovation, Design and Engineering

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on May 1, 2015 at 9:28am

Artists revive old methods and invent new ones to bring wonder back into photography

Some artists have responded by bringing materiality and wonder back into photography. They have returned to messy and sometimes erratic forms of photo-chemistry, reviving old methods or inventing new ones. Their works often don’t look like photography as we know it, and don’t intend to. Like old-time illusionists, these artists challenge us to figure out how the magic was done. Chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum by James Welling. Mariah Robertson’s works at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), for example, have the look of exuberant abstract paintings. Vivid colours swirl over each other in non-repeating patterns, in one case literally pooling in a heap of paper on the floor. But Robertson’s colours all come from the reaction of chemical washes to her light-sensitive photographic papers. Ryan Foerster, also at MOCCA, uses a similar process, sometimes also burying his pictures temporarily or leaving them out in the rain. The idea is to allow natural or accidental transformations to work on a scarred and textured surface that may look more like geology than photography.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on January 29, 2015 at 8:39am

Painting without brushes- just using chemical reactions in a lab to 'create' art works

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 3, 2014 at 6:00am

New techniques in Origami: A technique called wet-folding: wiping the paper with a wet sponge or cloth before folding. The moisture loosens the paper fibers, allowing for smooth curves instead of the more traditional sharp creases. The curves are a lot softer and the creases actually stronger with wet-folding.
Wet-folding allows for the voluptuous curves of a lion's shaggy mane or the billows surrounding a unicorn that appears to be standing in the wind, and also works of elegant simplicity.
Other pieces feature an improvisational technique using crumpled tissue paper. Known as "le crimp," it allows for a rich and detailed texture.
The figure of a deer whose neck gives way to gnarled tree branches instead of an antlered head is roughly textured and made from dark brown paper; the result is virtually indistinguishable from tree bark
In the show's science section, one wall features a work entitled "Oribotics (The Future Unfolds)," by Austrian artist Matthew Gardiner. The undulating robotic origami flowers open and close only when a viewer comes near.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 2, 2014 at 6:46am

Ferrofluid is a liquid made out of tiny particles of magnetite, hematite or some other compound containing iron suspended in an oil-based substance. It was invented in 1963 by Steve Papel, a scientist at NASA who was trying to develop a liquid fuel that could be drawn towards a pump in a weightless environment using a magnetic field.

When ferrofluids are exposed to a magnet, they seem to come alive. Photographer Fabian Oefner, who loves to combine art and science, decided to take advantage of this effect and added watercolours (or aquarelles) to ferrofluid. The outcome is fascinating.
“If watercolours are added to the ferrofluid, the pop-art looking structures start to appear, forming black channels and tiny ponds filled with rainbow-coloured surfaces. The reason why the black ferrofluid and the watercolours don’t mix is that ferrofluid is, just like oil, hydrophobic. It therefore doesn’t mix with the watercolours. At the same time it is held in position by the magnet underneath it. So it tries to find a way around the watercolours and therefore forms these black channels”.
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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 12, 2014 at 9:52am

This Portrait of Stephen Fry Was Made From His Own Bacteria
the portrait is "made from the subjects' own cells – and have been grown by Zachary Copfer, an American microbiologist and photographer."
To make the Pop Art style images, Zachary cleverly exposes areas of a petri dish to radiation in order to stimulate the bacteria's growth. This creates a photograph grown entirely from the bacteria itself. Zachary is the only person in the world practicing this art, which he terms "Bacteriography". This is the first time his work has been brought to the UK.


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