Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The (digital) art of chemistry

Here’s a bit of naked advertising, because it’s for a good cause. The competition below, organized by ASCI in New York, should be fun if it can draw the right caliber of entries. And since I am a judge, that’s clearly what I hope. ASCI has been described to me by a very reliable witness in the following terms: “they are the largest and most active group of SciArt people and have been doing wonderful work for 20 or so years now.” So go on: give it a shot, and/or spread the word.

Announcing the Open Call for...

"DIGITAL2011: The Alchemy of Change"
An international digital print competition/exhibition to be held at the New York Hall of Science, September 3, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

DEADLINE: July 17, 2011

Robert Devcic, owner-director of GV Art London gallery
Philip Ball, writer and noted author of popular science books

Humans, animals, insects, trees, plants, oceans, and air -- indeed, all that we see, taste, smell, touch, and breathe, contain molecular processes of physical transformation; a dynamic dance of change. This magic of transition, called alchemy by our earliest scientists, became the science of chemistry. It describes both the physical structure and characteristic actions of matter. It allows for all organic and inorganic change to take place -- brain synapses to fire, oxygen to be formed from carbon dioxide and water during photosynthesis; the transformation of gases in our solar system; along with the ability of proteins to turn our genes on/off. If you extend your imagination beyond the epithelial surface of your body, or into the ether that carries cosmic dust, or even into your kitchen, chemistry can inspire wonder. Like a fabulous menu of concocted primordial soups, when exposed to changes in temperature, pressure, or speed, chemistry can create a stick of dynamite or a magnificent soufflé!

For this exhibition, we celebrate the International Year of Chemistry by inviting artists and scientists to show us their vision of this deeply fundamental, magical enabler of life called chemistry.

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