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Metaphorming the NanoWorld: Envisioning Solutions To Global Challenges

Thinking SMALL is the new big thing, in exploring human/nature`s creative potential. This exhibition looks at what nature makes and what we make of nature. It points to the big picture of how nature connects everything it creates on all scales: from the smallest nature-made structures (nucleons) and the smallest human-made functional structures (nanons, 1 – 100 nanometers, which are billionths of a meter) to the largest structures in the universe. They also consider the even larger imaginary structures generated by the billions of neurons that make up the brain`s creative engine. After all, that personal engine of innovation enables us all to see, think, discover, understand, and wonder about these natural connections. Siler`s art highlights the human brain`s handiwork in everything it creates, connecting it all back to nature`s inventions.

In 2011, Geoffrey Ozin co-founded ArtNano Innovations with Todd Siler. Using multimedia artworks and aesthetic experiences, they aim to explore the possibilities of nature-inspired innovations in nanoscience and nantechnology that can benefit humankind by meeting our global challenges. This project considers new ways of synthesizing and responsibly applying nanomaterials. It also critiques the significant impact these developments are having on the built and natural environment and on humanity taking into account the materials to nanomaterials paradigm shift that`s underway today.

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NanoScale – Think Billionths of a Meter

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One nanometer (nm) is one billionth, or 10-9 of a meter. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative in the US, nanomaterials fall in the size range from 1 to 100 nm. By comparison, the diameter of a hydrogen atom, which is the smallest atom in The Periodic Table of The Elements, is one tenth of a nanometer; the width of a DNA double-helix is approximately 2 nm; and the length of common bacteria is around 200 nm. It is in the 1 to 100 nm domain that the chemical and physical behavior of materials show size and shape tunable properties which are distinct to those below and above this scale. It is this unique feature which provides an infinity of nanomaterials and a cornucopia of opportunities in advanced materials and biomedical technologies.

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Nature invents. Humanature innovates.

-Todd Siler

Nature did it First. Nature has solved the problem of designing and synthesizing materials with structures that have been optimized to make them hard, tough and strong enough to house, protect and brace living organisms. Optimization of these properties, refined by slow evolutionary engineering, serves to enhance the chances of survival.

-Geoffrey Ozin

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Nanochemistry Publications by Dr. Geoffrey Ozin

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Absolute zero: A counter-intuitive energy transition

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A.R.T. in Focus

(All Representations of Thought)
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Title: Evolving Sense of Beauty, Synthesizing Nature’s Nanotubes from the Nanoscale (100nm) to the Panoscopic Scale (1,000m)
Dimensions: 85 x 23 x 24 inches (2,159,000,000 nm x 584,200,000 nm x 609,600,000 nm)
Medium: mixed media with photo-metaphorms baked on cut and welded aluminum plate
Date: 1975-2011
Concept: Imagine how nature constructs such massive structures as “The Painted Wall”, a 3,000ft. high geological phenomena that’s part of Black Canyon in Gunnison, Colorado, created from mountains of various natural nanomaterials in a process called Morphogenesis. This freestanding Photosculpture presents a visual supposition about the ways in which nature produces nanomaterials involving Morphogenesis.

Thinking of nanoscale phenomena on a macroscopic scale is similar to thinking of things like a nano rod “as if it were a meter-long,” as nanochemists would say. To paraphrase Geoffrey Ozin et al.: “It’s usually easier to try and predict how it [the nanorod] is going to behave.” That thought directly relates to Photosculpture shown here. This sculpture greatly magnifies phenomena as tiny as a “string” in String Theory. Enlarging these infinitesimal structures helps me visualize what the possible contents of any given segment of a string could be. Never mind that a string is a concept that mathematical theoretical physicists claim we cannot see by any means other than mathematically. Simply put: it’s truly invisible. And yet, we can see it by means of Art and Math. Both enable us to envision the reality of something that’s present but virtually impossible to see.

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Gifts of Edwin and Barbara Prober


Photographs by Jeffrey Wells and Lael Siler

Background on Collaboration

By happenstance in November 2011, Todd Siler met Geoffrey Ozin for the first time at the World Cultural Council`s Awards Ceremony at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Dr. Ozin received the Albert Einstein World Award for Science at the same time Dr. Siler received the 2011 Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts. They quickly discovered a union akin to two prongs of a tuning fork in resonance as ˜ScienceArt and ArtScience`. This meeting inspired them to embark on an adventure exploring the fusion of their expertise in Art ˜Metaphorming` and Science ˜Nanochemistry, Synthesis in Diminishing Dimensions`

Energy is color and color is energy. This natural resonance provides a dynamic thread that fuses the beauty of Todd Siler`s art with the aesthetics of Geoffrey Ozin`s science to create hot, bold and thought-provoking visualizations of the nano world. These ArtNano works aim to catalyze and cultivate curiosity, imagination, wonder and innovation!

Todd Siler

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Todd Siler is an internationally recognized visual artist, author, inventor and consultant, who is the founder of Psi-Phi Communications, LLC, and The ArtScience® Program for Realizing Human Potential (aka, Think Like a Genius® Program). He received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, becoming the first visual artist to receive this doctoral degree at M.I.T. His published works include Breaking the Mind Barrier (Simon & Schuster, 1990) and Think Like A Genius (Bantam Books, 1996); both books have been translated into many foreign languages. Breaking the Mind Barrier was nominated for the 1994 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for a work of outstanding educational achievement with potential for worldwide impact. Todd Siler has been exhibiting his artworks internationally in major museums and galleries for the past three decades, and is represented by the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City (www.feldmangallery.com) since 1980. His artworks are in numerous private and public collections worldwide. The World Cultural Council, who awarded him the 2011 Leonardo DaVinci World Award of Arts, recognized Siler`s lifelong practice of applying the ArtScience process to envision viable solutions to real-world global challenges. He has a longstanding interest in exploring the potential of alternative nuclear fusion energy systems that can help create a sustainable future.


Geoffrey Ozin

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Widely regarded as a founding father of the field of Nanochemistry, Dr. Geoffrey Ozin was nominated for the 2014 Kavli Nanoscience Prize for the originality and significance of his visionary work. He continues to catalyze collaborations leading to innovations in his field that can benefit humankind in outstanding ways, helping us meet our global environmental and health challenges, among other urgent concerns. As the Chairman of University of Toronto relates: In the early seventies, working in his laboratory in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto, Geoff pioneered an ˜atom-by-atom` chemical approach to the synthesis of nanomaterials¦Throughout Geoff`s long career he has made seminal fundamental and important applied research contributions, and provided innovative educational tools that served to enhance and enrich the science, technology and teaching of nanochemistry, and he is still going strong¦Geoff`s work over the past four decades offers a wealth of contributions to the field of nanoscience through nanochemistry. They encompass creative ways of synthesizing a remarkably wide range of novel nanomaterials created combinatorially in a practical Peridoic Table of Nanomaterials he`s currently designing; imaginative ways of determining the structures of nanomaterials and elucidating their unique properties; myriad ideas on their functionality, providing thereby an abundance of opportunities for developing their utility in diverse nanotechnologies.


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