Nanoart in the Silicon Valley

4 Nov

I decided to dedicate a day to Silicon Valley. The main mission was to visit the Zero1 biennial and it’s central place, the Garage in San José I am always excited about transdisciplinary projects and about seeing how artistic creativity can be applied to “real world” innovation challenges. So, the Zero 1 biennial, a showcase of works at the nexus of art and technology, was definitely a must-see for me. Another reason for the visit was that I know one of the curators, Michelle Kasprzak. When we met at the last IKT Congress, she was very enthusiastic about this project.

I learnt a lot during the visit, among other things about nano art. This is a new discipline located at the intersection of art, science, and technology and it plays on the aesthetic paradox of exposing ideas, concepts, and artworks that cannot be seen. Wow!


Nano art is here! At the biennial  Frederik de Wilde presents Hostage prototype 1.0 (2010), Scan (2010), and V01D-1 (2012), all entirely nano-engineered art works.  The artworks are “grown” from atomic-sized particles, their surfaces consisting of carbon nanotubes that almost completely absorb light and transform it into heat, making them the darkest artworks in the world…

There were other interesting things as well on the way to and back from San José.  We visited the Stanford campus and the Cantor Arts Center  They have a big Rodin collection and a fantastic Serra sculpture in the garden.



It turned out that Antonia – a 2nd year student who accompanied me to the trip – and myself are both “secret nerds,” so we ended up visiting other cult places as well: Apple and Google HQ (riding Google bikes was one of the highlights of the day!), Steve Jobs’ house and most importantly the birthplace of Silicon Valley: the Hewlett-Packard garage in Palo Alto. Antonia is very much into internet-based art and she deals a lot with questions of virtuality and reality. It was truly fascinating to hear about her ambitious project plans.

Funny fact for the end of this post: Cupertino-effect

More comments in the photo library!

Google bikes,  Mountain View, CA


Autumn in Palo Alto, CA


The birthplace of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA


two nerds at the Hewlett-Packard Garage, Palo Alto, CA


Hewlett-Packard Garage, Palo Alto, CA


Steve Jobs’ house and the apple trees in his garden (Palo Alto, CA)


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