by Victoria Vesna with nanoscience pioneer James Gimzewski
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Opening: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 6-8 pm
Exhibition: December 16, 2004 through January 29, 2005
To salute World Peace in this Holiday Season, Location One presents
an installation by media artist Victoria Vesna, in collaboration with
nanoscience pioneer James Gimzewski.
The installation consists of a video projected onto a disk of sand,
8 feet in diameter. Visitors can touch the sand as images are projected
in evolving scale from the molecularstructure of a single grain of sand—achieved
my means of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM)—to the recognizable
image of the complete mandala, and then back again. This coming together
of art, science and technology is a modern interpretation of an ancient
tradition that consecrates the planet and its inhabitants to bring about
purification and healing.
The sand mandala of Chakrasamvara seen in this installation was created
by Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangtsen Monastery in
India, in conjunction with the "Circle of Bliss" exhibition
on Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhist Art at the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art. This particular sand mandala had never before been made in the
To complement the video, sound artist Anne Niemetz has developed a
meditative soundscape derived from sounds recorded during the creative
process of making the sand mandala.
Of the installation the artist says: "Inspired by watching the
nanoscientist at work, purposefully arranging atoms just as the monk
laboriously creates sand images grain by grain, this work brings together
the Eastern and Western minds through their shared process centered
on patience. Both cultures use these bottom-up building practices to
create a complex picture of the world from extremely different perspectives."
With generous support from the David W. Bermant Foundation.