Location One

 

 

Nano Mandala
by Victoria Vesna with nanoscience pioneer James Gimzewski


click to see full image

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 United States.

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.

If you have any trouble with the site, please tell us.

what is location one?
happenings
programs
online + live
contact us
dna arts network
manifesto
people
gallery information
press
board of directors
staff
sponsors
members
residents
hours
directions + map
calendar
archive of past events
by event
by date
by artist
by type
all video
artists-in-residence (IRP)
locution interview series
open source streaming alliance
open house wednesdays
about the program
2004-2005
2003-2004
2002-2003
2001-2002
nayda collazo-llorens (america)
marlena kudlicka (poland)
cecile paris (france)
santeri tuori (finland)
yumiko furukawa (japan)
mariana viegas (portugal)
martin beauregard (canada)
wu ta-kun (taiwan)
kenny hunter (scotland)
hsaio sheng chien (taiwan)
alexandra do carmo (portugal)
koken ergun (turkey)
vincent lamouroux (france)
federico muelas (spain)
vesna pavlovic (serbia)
kurt ralske (usa)
miguel soares (portugal)
koki tanaka (japan)
mark themann (australia/germany)
daniel blaufuks (portugal)
saoirse higgins (ireland)
dominik lejman (poland)
jiun-ting lin (taiwan)
isabelle jenniches (the netherlands)
javier viver (spain)
go home (bosnia/croatia)
marta deskur (poland)
francois bucher (colombia)
atsushi nishijima (japan)
xu tan (china)
ksenija turcic (croatia)
meredith monk
mac wellman
rachel rosenthal
the living theatre
theodora skiptares + hanne tierney
streams
live chat
new media essays
code + content mailing list
artcast video art
links
livestream
audio
stream on location
dna arts network
our sponsors
sites we love
membership
join our mailing list
just say hello
donations