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Examining art that intersects with science and seeks to make visible what cannot ordinarily be seen with the naked eye, provides thorough insight into new understandings of materiality and life. It includes an extensive overview of the history of nanoart from the work of Umberto Boccioni right up to present-day artists. The author looks specifically at art inspired by nanotechnological research made possible by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope in the 1980s, as well as the development of other instruments of nanotechnological experimentation. Nanoart is a sustained consideration of this fascinating artistic approach that challenge how we see and understand our world.
The content for this book has been based on self-emergent processes. It explores an art historical understanding of matter and uses various hypotheses to elucidate the effects on materiality and agency as a result of the emergence of nanotechnology. The blurring of material boundaries are reflected in the establishment of fluid organic spatial narratives in which to place ideas, propositions and concerns. The focus of Nanoart in this publication is contextualised in relation to specific scientific instrumentation and discoveries. Nanoart reflects on the practice of selected artists currently working in the area of nanotechnology, and positions their works as touchstones for exploring our understanding of materiality from an atomistic viewpoint.