Examining Life at a Nano Level. Dr Paul Thomas.

Stonehouse Lecture Theatre Portland Square
17.00-18.00 on Friday 3rd December.

Examining Life at a Nano Level.

In this talk Paul Thomas will demonstrate via the nano art project ‘Nanoessence’, ideas on what constitutes the real and the artificial. The ‘Nanoessence’ project aimed to create a visual expression of life at a sub-cellular level, re-examining boundaries and materiality within the human context. A single engineered immortal skin cell was scanned in vitro with an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) to create a visualisation of the space between, life and death at a nano level. The presentation will explore how nanotechnological research is challenging humanistic ideas concerning life and what constitutes materiality.

Paul Thomas: Dr Paul Thomas, is currently Head of Painting at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales. Paul chair numerous international conferences and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.

Paul has been working in the area of electronic arts since 1981 when he co-founded the group Media-Space. Media-Space was part of the first global link up with artists connected to ARTEX. From 1981-1986 the group was involved in a number of collaborative exhibitions and was instrumental in the establishment a substantial body of research. Paul’s current research project ‘Nanoessence’ explores the space between life and death at a nano level. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Nanochemistry Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology and SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia. The previous project ‘Midas’ was researching at a nano level the transition phase between skin and gold. Paul has recently completed working on an intelligent architecture public art project for the Curtin Mineral and Chemistry Research Precinct. In 2009 he established Collaborative Research in Art Science and Humanity (CRASH) at Curtin http://crash.curtin.edu.au

Paul is a practicing electronic artist whose work has exhibited internationally and can be seen on his website http://www.visiblespace.com

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