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

  • Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, September 14th – October 14th, 2012
  • Beall Center for Art + Technology, UC Irvine, February 2nd – May 6th, 2012
  • Baltic Sea International Cultural Centre/ St. John's Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland, May 22nd – June 5th, 2011
  • New York Electronic Art Festival / St Cornelius chapel, Governors Island New York City. May 28th – September 25th
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 31-April 12, 2011
  • ACM Multimedia 2010, International Conference, Florence, Italy. Oct 25 – 29, 2010
  • BIOTOPIA – Art in the Wet Zone, PORT 20:10 – Contemporary Art and Social Technology, Aalborg, Denmark. Oct 15, 2010
  • SOLO -- Theater DoZ, Santa Ynez, CA. Mar 20, 2010
  • Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA. Jan 1, 2009
  • Hybrids, Trondheim Matchmaking, Festival for Art and Technology, Trondheim Centre for Contemporary Art, Trondheim, Norway. Oct 17, 2008
  • SOLO -- Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Dec 5 – 11, 2007
  • CIANT Gallery, Prague. Sep 11 – Nov 25, 2007
  • BIOS 4, CAAC: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemppraneo, Seville, May 3 – Sep 2, 2007
  • ENTERmultimediale festival 3. May 11, 2007 – July 1, 2008
  • Tesla: Extraterrestrial Vibrations. The Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA. June 9, 2007
  • Happening. The Integratron, Joshua Tree, CA. June 9, 2007

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