LAZNIA 1 2011 - ART & SCIENCE MEETING: BLUE MORPH Victoria Vesna & James Gimzewski
Opening: 22.05.2011, at 8 p.m
NCK Baltic Cultural CentreSt. John’s Church, 50, Świętojańska St.
Curator: Prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Coordination and production: Anna Zalewska

The Blue Morph installation exhibited by the Baltic Cultural Centre in the historic St. John’s Church in Gdańsk, is an outcome of cooperation between an artist and a scientist: Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski, respectively.

Blue Morph

Victoria Vesna is Professor at California University and Director of the recently opened UCLA Art/Sci Center and UC Digital Arts Research Network. Her works, like Mood Swings (2006), Water Bowls (since 2006), Blue Morph (since 2007), or Hox Zodiac (since 2009), can be defined as experimental and creative explorations in the field where various scientific branches and technology meet. Their goal is to address the issue of human relationship towards natural systems, in order to visualise the mankind’s dependency on nature.

Scottish scientist of Polish origin, James Gimzewski, Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCLA, is a prominent expert in the field of nanotechnology and laureate of numerous awards.

This artistic-scientific duo will introduce the audience in Gdańsk to their worldwide unique and pioneering works, constructed with use of nanotechnology.

Blue Morph

Blue Morph, the most recent of their common interactive installations, helps us realize how nanotechnological innovations change our perception of the world. Nanotechnology is a modern research attitude which relates to the very understanding of the matter qualities on the nanoscale, that is, on the level of single molecules. The enigmatic title of the installation applies the name of a butterfly species which has long fascinated scientists, most of all with respect to its subtle optical engineering system. Blue Morph has been created using nanoscale images and sounds derived from the process of a metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The artists have observed the creature in nanoscale. They refer to the fact that the beautiful blue colour of its wings is not produced by pigment, but by the patterns and structure alone. The work is an artistic fusion of sounds, light and interactive art/science.

The choice of exhibition venue has not been accidental. In 2011 the newly restored and modernized gothic St. John Church will be reopened and the idea of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly has a unique and symbolic meaning for the organizers in the context of one of the most important places for Gdańsk community.
Municipal Institution of Culture