, a professor of design and media arts at UCLA and the featured artist in the show, investigates
the impact of “communication technologies [on] collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation” with her piece Nanomandala
A video projected onto sand uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to render the image of a grain of sand seen at a molecular level, scaling it up progressively into a complete mandala. Merging media arts, nanoscience, and biotechnology, Vesna worked with Tibetan Buddhist monks
to create this most radiant, layered work.
The works featured in “Inventory of Light” show a powerful interplay between artistic expression and scientific discovery. In the interstitial space between these two modes of practice, artists and scientists find new, generative forms.