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Nano- is a prefix derived from the Greek νανος (nanos in the Latin alphabet), meaning dwarf. In the metric system unit, it denotes a factor of 0.000000001 (which is one billionth of a base unit).

Birth of the project

The idea of the NanoArt Tadeusz Malinski Fine Arts Contest was born in 2011 and the first edition of the Competition took place in 2012. The event serves double purpose:

 

  • To present Prof. Tadeusz Malinski’s activities through art

Professor Malinski’s research, while undoubtedly crucial for science, are still almost entirely unknown to the large public and incomprehensible for most people. Art, being a universal medium and using a completely different language and means of conveying the message than science – is a perfect way to popularize the knowledge of Professor Malinski’s discoveries. Learn more

 

  • To give artists new sources of inspiration

Through the centuries, science was one of the most important sources of inspiration for artists and this tendency only got more prominent in 20th and 21st centuries. The Contest attracts artists’ attention towards the today’s most advanced technologies, thus giving them the possibility to inspire public by metamorphosing the scientific and often incomprehensible for most people data into an aesthetic, spiritual and almost metaphysical experience.

The first edition of the NanoArt Tadeusz Malinski Fine Arts Contest took place in 2012. Learn more

The winner of the 1st edition of the Contest was Janusz KAPUSTA.  Learn more

The second edition of the NanoArt Tadeusz Malinski Fine Arts Contest took place in 2015. Learn more

The winner of the 2nd edition of the Contest was Katarzyna H. Goldyn, PhD. Learn more

The third edition of the NanoArt Tadeusz Malinski Fine Arts Contest took place in 2017. Learn more

The winner of the 3rd edition of the Contest was Artur Majka. Learn more

Nano and art

History of nano

Nano- is a prefix derived from the Greek νανος (nanos in the Latin alphabet), meaning dwarf. In the metric system unit, it denotes a factor of 0.000000001 (which is one billionth of a base unit).

Nanoscience and nanotechnology, is a set of techniques and processes to create structures of nanometric size (from 0.1 to 100 nanometers). Nanoscience studies phenomena occurring at the level of individual atoms and molecules. It is a dimension of matter, where we deal with properties that significantly differ from those that govern the matter at a larger scale.

 

History of nanoscience

The birth and development of nanotechnologies date from the second half of the 20th century; Richard Phillips Feynman (1918-1988), Nobel Prize laureate, is considered as the first physicist to have drawn attention to the opportunities of creating and manipulating molecular and atomic scales’ structures, that were still unexplored at that time. On December 29th, 1959, during a conference of the American Physical Society in Caltech (California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA), he delivered a speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, in which he spoke of the possibility of interfering in the matter at the atoms’ level and the potential consequences of such an act – from the need to create more powerful microscopes to the possible scientific and practical applications or even to those being rather a curiosity and fun (during his speech, Feynman launched to the present physicists two challenges, and one of those was to reduce letters to a scale of 1: 25,000, enabling the 24 volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica to be inscribed on the head of a pin).

 

However, even if the notion appeared in the considerations of some scientists already at the end of the 1950s, the nanotechnology really developed at the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century. Professor Tadeusz Malinski is one of the pioneers in this field, especially in nanomedicine, which Feynman mentioned during his speech, but which was more a fantasy than a reality until Professor Malinski’s discoveries. (cf. M. Sawczuk, “NanoArt. See the invisible: between science and art”, Galerie Roi Doré 2010-2015. 5 years of research, Paris, Editions yot-art, 2016)

  

Professor Tadeusz Malinski – a pioneer of nanomedecine

Professor Tadeusz Malinski, whose scientific work inspired the NanoArt Contest, is considered as the worldwide pioneer in the field of nanomedicine, notably thanks to the construction of the first nanobiosensor to measure in vivo the amount of nitric oxide molecules in single cell (1991).

The publication in the journal Nature (1992) has permitted a large-scale research action in the world, on the role of nitric oxide, superoxide anion and peroxynitrite in healthy and diseased living systems. This was a turning point in research on civilizations diseases such as hypertension, diabetes or neurodegenerative diseases (…). The biomedical achievements of Professor Malinski make him the creator of the diagnosis and therapies at the cellular level. He was thus the creator of nanomedicine. (Dr hab. Roman Kaliszan, Gdansk University of Medicine)

However, professor Malinski is not only a man of science but he is also interested in art. As a child, he learned drawing and painting. In the 1970s, he taught for several years an art and technology class at the Fine Art Academy in Poznan (Poland). By associating his interest in art and science, he developed new technologies and nanosystems in order to enable non-destructive analysis on paintings. This allowed him to carry out expertise on paintings – mainly the old masters – for private collections, museums and auction houses. The nanosensors allowing the analysis of works of art, were prototypes of devices which were later used to measure the nitric oxide in the living cells.

 

Science and art

Art has never remained indifferent to scientific progress: already in Antiquity, philosophers were as much interested in the purely scientific questions as they were in their influence on art. In the 20th and 21st century, this tradition has remained, as reflected in, among others, Disks of Newton by Frantisek Kupka or in Salvador Dali’s work, who in the 1950s and 1960s was fascinated with the structure of nucleic acids, and in particular in DNA. Progress and scientific discoveries was a source of inspiration for artists. Today, nanotechnology has become a new area providing artists with new sources of inspiration and allowing them to renew the very rich dialogue between art and science.

 

NanoArt at the Gallery Roi Doré

In the “traditional“ sense of the word, NanoArt refers to the images obtained through scientific research, but taken out of their original context because of their aesthetic value.

The NanoArt Contest organized by the Gallery Roi Doré is therefore an innovative initiative and above all it allows to give a new dimension to the notion of NanoArt, combining “Nano” – science in the broad sense of the word, and “Art” – in classical sense, referring to works of significant aesthetic and intellectual value, created consciously and only depending of the creativity and sensibility of the artist.