Interactive video projection on a bed of sand. In collaboration with Jim Gimzewski and Tibetan monks.
Nanomandala consists of a video projected onto a disk of sand, 8 feet in diameter. Visitors touch the sand as oscillating images are projected of the molecular structure of a single grain of sand, achieved by means of a scanning electron microscope (SEM), to the recognizable image of the complete mandala, and then back again. This coming together of art, science, and technology is a modern interpretation of an ancient tradition that consecrates the planet and its inhabitants to bring about purification and healing.
Inspired by watching the nanoscientist at work, purposefully arranging atoms just as the monk laboriously creates sand images grain by grain, this work brings together the Eastern and Western minds through a shared process centered on patience. Both cultures use these bottom-up building practices to create a complex picture of the world from extremely different perspectives.