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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 December 2, 2012 at 8:31am

Jimmy O' Neil uses reflective paint, so that viewers become part of the paintings as they stand before it.

“It changes depending on who’s standing there and how the light is changing,” he said. “It’s always a different piece, every minute.”

In theory, he says, “I’m painting with lenses.”

As soon as the acrylic paint goes on the canvas, “It’s a lens to yourself.”

O’Neal, an Asheville artist whose abstract paintings are on display in a pop-up exhibition in the former Associated Artists building at 301 W. Fourth St. through Dec. 16, is a classically trained painter who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

About 12 or 15 years ago, he began to look for new ways to capture life in his paintings.

What he set out to do was to find a way to create a mark in layers of mirrored paint that would correlate to a real-life event.

His solution was pretty high tech.

Jimmy O’Neal,  developed a machine that essentially painted brain waves. While his subject was watching something or doing something, he would monitor their brain waves and the machine would use those patterns to guide his paint brush.

The brush would carve a path through the layers of acrylic paint, making a permanent record of the event.

He has done similar work with eye-tracking glasses.

Tonya Deem of Winston-Salem owns a painting that was created using the eye-tracking glasses. Her family commissioned it for her in secret. A pie fight between two boys was used to do this.

While they watched each other throw pies, the glasses tracked their eye movements and O’Neal used those patterns to create the painting — creating what O’Neal called “a mirror of their experience.”


Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 31, 2012 at 6:10am
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 26, 2012 at 7:48am

John Pomara, professor of visual arts in the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas, Dallas, USA, produces art that is unique to the digital age. His technique involves an artistic approach fusing art, science and technology – a style that has developed over time. He uses a copy machine. For months, Pomara photocopied paint drips patterned to resemble microbiology photographs of cell structures.

He collected dozens of biology books, anything that had any kind of microphotography or DNA gene scan. He wanted to make these images into 6-foot hand-painted images – he wanted to make 6-foot photocopies.

Pomara’s artwork currently involves making computer stencils of magnified digital images, which he then paints by hand, pulling industrial enamel across aluminum surfaces. The finished paintings look like an electronic screen, with a cool reflective surface, blurred as if the forms are moving rapidly or hovering like a photographic ghost.

The work is a visual dialogue about the intimacy of touch and how it’s evolving in an ever-increasingly faster world of electronic imaging. He is just a new media artist who keeps on painting.

In some of his most recent work, Pomara manipulates technology to produce art. He calls it “capturing glitches” and he learned this new medium quite serendipitously. In a design class, a printer malfunctioned on one of the professor’s students. Instead of throwing the print away, Pomara scanned the image back into the computer and started working with it.

He magnified, distorted and remade the glitch. And he realized he could even glitch the images himself, intentionally.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on September 28, 2012 at 6:56am

Micro'be' Fermented Fashion

Fermented FashionDonna Franklin & Gary Cass

Imagine a fabric that grows...a garment that forms itself without a single stitch!

The fashion that starts with a bottle of wine...

Micro'be' fermented fashion investigates the practical and cultural biosynthesis of clothing - to explore the possible forms and cultural implications of futuristic dress-making and textile technologies.

Instead of lifeless weaving machines producing the textile, living microbes will ferment a garment.

A fermented garment will not only rupture the meaning of traditional interactions with body and clothing; but also raise questions around the contentious nature of the living materials themselves.

This project redefines the production of woven materials.

By combining art and science knowledge and with a little inventiveness, the ultimate goal will be to produce a bacterial fermented seamless garment that forms without a single stitch.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on September 27, 2012 at 9:46am
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on September 27, 2012 at 9:44am

The existence of ferrofluid is today’s new thing for me – a magnetic solution with a similar viscosity to motor oil. This doesn’t sound that interesting, but when watercolours are added to this unusual substance and placed into a magnetic field the reaction is beautiful.

Captured by Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner in his project Millefiori, the iron particles start to rearrange, forming black channels and separating the watercolours from the ferrofluid, creating these technicolour structures that look like psychedelic planets or trippy cells under a microscope. This is just one project out of many of Fabian’s that colourfully and dramatically encapsulate split-second reactions to give them this feeling of importance and preciousness. Here to tell us more about why he’s drawn to these kinds of projects is Fabian himself…

ferrofluids to create amazing looking sculptures. So I decided to start experimenting with this peculiar liquid and eventually found out, that mixing it with watercolours creates these strange brain-like structures.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on September 27, 2012 at 9:37am

Brilliant science art after watercolors and ferrofluids mix

Blending science and art photography, Fabian Oefner has made some purely incredible sights. Inspired by ferrofluid sculptures, made popular on YouTube some time ago, Fabian decided to try a run of his own, however after experimenting with watercolors as well, he noticed that some incredibly beautiful brain-like patterns appeared.

Using high-resolution cameras, these patterns turn gorgeous as the view magnifies. Oefner decided to turn his experiments into a project, which he dubbed Millefiori - a name that describes a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware, generally used for pendants. There’s a core difference between the two however, since ferrofluids are liquid in state, and thus are described by a dynamic flux, while glass is plain static.

Ferrofluids are liquids that become magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. These are made up of extremely tiny, nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid or solvent, typically water. If the magnetic field is oscillated, then the magnetic lines through which the ferromagnetic particles are carried will alter. So, as you modulate the magnetic field, the shape and density of the ferrofluid as a whole will change, with interesting visual results. Add color and, well you just saw for yourself.

The samples he used are only the size of a thumbnail, however using high-resolution cameras, a colorful psychedelic delight ensues.

  • Millefiori
    Ferrofluid mixed with water colors
  • The shapes, you see in these image are about the size of a thumbnail. They are created by mixing ferrofluid with water color and putting it into a magnetic field.
    Ferrofluid is a magnetic solution with a viscosity similar to motor oil. When put under a magnetic field, the iron particles in the solution start to rearrange, forming the black channels and separating the water colors from the ferrofluid. The result are these peculiar looking structures.
    On, you can find out more about the project
    What you see in the first few seconds is the ferrofluid resting above the magnet. Thats why you see those spikes, which are caused by the attraction and repeal of the magnetic particles inside the liquid. Then, different tones of water colour are injected into it with the aid of a syringe. The ferrofluid starts to form channels around the colours, creating these brain-like structures.

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