Blue Morph 2007 - Present (Personal Project)

Blue Morph is an interactive installation that uses nanoscale images and sounds derived from the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Nanotechnology is changing our perception of life and this is symbolic in the Blue Morpho butterfly with the optics involved -- that beautiful blue color is not pigment at all but patterns and structure which is what nano-photonics is centered on studying. The lamellate structure of their wing scales has been studied as a model in the development of fabrics, dye-free paints, and anti-counterfeit technology such as that used in monetary currency. Blue Morpho has intrigued scientists for generations because of its subtle optical engineering that manipulated photons. Today, its dazzling iridescent wings are giving rise to a market trying to mimic its wonder and create a counterfeit proof currency and credit cards. The optics are no doubt fascinating but the real surprise is in the discovery of the way cellular change takes place in a butterfly. Sounds of metamorphosis are not gradual or even that pleasant as we would imagine it. Rather the cellular transformation happens in sudden surges that are broken up with stillness and silence. Then there are the eight pumps or "hearts" that remain constant throughout the changes, pumping the rhythm in the background. During the transformation to emergence each flattened cell of the wing becomes a nanophotonic structure of black protein and space leading to iridescence.

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Exhibitions

  • Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Palais Longchamp, Marseille, June 20th, 2013 -- January 10th, 2014
  • Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, September 14th – November 14th, 2012
  • Beall Center for Art + Technology, UC Irvine, CA, February 2nd – May 6th, 2012
  • Baltic Sea International Cultural Centre / St. John’s Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland, May 12th – June 15th, 2011
  • New York Electronic Art Festival / St. Cornelius Chapel, Governor’s Island, New York City, May 30th – September 30th, 2011
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 31st – April 12th, 2011
  • Slaves et Nomades: Onze Femmes Artistes, Galerie Singuliers, Paris, France, April 11th - 25th, 2011.
  • Buon Domani, A Better Tomorrow, Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome, Italy, December 9th, 2010 - January 29th, 2011.
  • ACM Multimedia 2010, International Conference, Florence, Italy, October 25th – 29th, 2010
  • BIOTOPIA – Art in the Wet Zone, PORT 20:10 – Contemporary Art and Social Technology, Aalborg, Denmark, October 15th, 2010.
  • SOLO – Theater Doz, Santa Ynez, CA, March 20th, 2010
  • Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA, January 1st, 2009
  • Hybrids, Trondheim Matchmaking, Festival for Art and Technology, Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Trondheim, Norway, October 17th, 2008
  • "NANO: A New World Politics" - "Nano Poetica de un Mundo Novo", Museu de Arte Brasileira, San Paolo, Brazil, April 12th - June 1st, 2008
  • ENTERmultimediale Festival 3, May 11th, 2007 – July 1st, 2008
  • SOLO – Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles (representing video work at the Miami/Basel Fair), CA, December 5th – 11th, 2007
  • CIANT Gallery, Prague, September 11th – November 25th, 2007
  • BIOS 4, CAAC: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain, May 3rd – September 2nd, 2007
  • Tesla: Extraterrestrial Vibrations, Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA, June 9th, 2007
  • Happening. Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA, June 9th, 2007

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