Particle Group


Artists: *particle group* (Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Diane Ludin, and Nina Waisman) 

Dates: Oct 30, 2014 - Dec 15, 2014

Installation Location: Jill Stuart Gallery, Human Ecology Building 

Hours of accessibility: 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday thru Friday

*particle group* is a collective that mixes mediums and metaphors to produce gestures that forge a subversive relationship with the newest frontiers of technological science. The collective has contextualized their investigations of nano scale science through the lens of various cultural and artistic histories, including the Romantic poet Blake, using him as inspiration for the scrolling texts designed for the iPod Nano called illuminated nanoscripts.  In these works, however, *particle group* inverts Blakean materialism by projecting a cinematics of constellation, mashing up the movement-sound-word-image to honor "prehistoric digital poetry" as "archaeologies of the future”. 

The nanopoems were produced with a Raith50 E-beam Writer on a silicon at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UCSD. The writing field of the “coupon” (or text surface) is 0.5 nanometers to 5.0 nanometers,  a scale much smaller than a white blood cell which is 7,000 nanometers in width.  Created in 2012, the year that the Mayan calendar came to an end, and when representations of that time-change oscillated between the apocalyptic and the utopic, the collective found parallel cultural ideas of “nanocausts” and “nanotopias” which were expressed in the poems. 2012 also marked the inauguration of the Tijuana Institute of Nanotechology (TIN), a speculative space for nano-scale research and art production, which is honored in one of the poems. 

*particle group* has exhibited and/or performed at ISEA (San Jose), the House of World Cultures (Berlin, Germany), the San Diego Museum of Art 2008, Oi Futuro and FILE (Brazil), CAL NanoSystems Institute (UCLA), the Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain), the e-Poetry Festival, (Barcelona, Spain), and SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico).