Some years ago I was on the Louis Vuitton Science for Art Prize Jury and was
amazed with some of the submissions by scientists where it was apparent that one
could begin to manipulate atoms as a raw material just like artists
have been manipulating clay or metals as raw materials.
See for instance:
Tami Spector, Leonardo Co Editor and a Chemist has announced a Leonardo Journal
call for papers on projects that connect art to chemistry, to synthetic biology,
to nano sciences and neurochemistry where the technologies of manipulation of atoms is now
becoming an artistic tool like any other.
As part of this she is compiling all the past Leonardo Journal Articles
that have been documenting the pioneering work of artists and scientists
working with atoms. Abstracts of these papers are now being added to
a new web companion web site that will lead to the production of an ebook.
You can find the abstracts beginning to be added at:
Here is the call for papers:
\Call for Papers for Art and Atoms
Guest Editor: Tami I. Spector
The modern world of chemistry is vast and its connection to art strong. From nanocars and extraterrestrial materials to DNA origami and biofuels, chemistry, like art, expresses its transformative, material essence. Chemistry’s unique connection to art – a science simultaneously steeped in abstraction and application, process and product – is the focus of this special section. We especially seek submissions related to topics on the cutting edge of chemistry, including nanoscience, synthetic biology, fuel cells, and neurochemistry.
We encourage artists, scientists, engineers, and scholars exploring the connection between chemistry and art to submit artwork with artist’s statement or manuscripts to the Leonardo editorial office:
211 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108