Dance by Norah Zuniga_Shaw, Fashion design by Isabel Toledo @ nano by Victoria Vesna & James Gimzewski

June 20, 2004, 12:00 am   » 

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LACMALab presents any/nano/body: a dance event in the nano Exhibition Contemporary Dance, Media Arts & Science Making Nanoscience Visible, Tangible, and Experiential for Visitors of All Ages

Father's Day, June 20, 2004
any/nano/body is presented free to the public in LACMA's Boone Children's Gallery LOS ANGELES.

any/nano/body, a performance event that brings nano science to life through innovative choreography and site-specific improvisation, will be presented June 20th at 3pm at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Choreographers Marianne Kim and Norah Zuniga Shaw work with master performers Harmony Bench, Peter Carpenter, Monica Gillette, Marianne Kim, Kristen Smiarowski, and Cheng-Chieh Yu to discover the nano science of our bodies and put it into to motion. New media creations by Victoria Vesna and UCLA artists will fill the space and the dancers will be clothed in futuristic costumes by New York fashion diva Isabel Toledo and students from the Otis school of design.
The performance begins in the lobby where, as they approach the gallery entrance, their pictures are taken by a swarm of small surveillance cameras. These photographs are used to form a large-scale, constantly flowing ribbon of images, a virtual "organism" that ultimately include a daily log of visitors to the exhibition.
They then disperse into the many different sites in the exhibit and the audience is invited to follow them through the space culminating in the central area of the exhibition, the large Inner Cell. Here the dancers interact with molecular forms with their shadows. The white costumes by Toledo extend the dancers' surface area and catch the images moving in the space. Nanoscience delves into the manipulation of life's building blocks and dance puts those building blocks into motion. Bring the whole family this father's day to experience nano science in action!
The performance is free to the public in LACMA's Boone Children's Gallery.

Exhibition Overview
This groundbreaking project provides a greater understanding of how art, science, culture, and technology influence each other. The exhibition addresses sophisticated subject matter that is especially relevant for the next generation. Modular, experiential spaces using embedded computing technologies engage all of the senses to provoke a broader understanding of nanoscience and its cultural ramifications. The various components of nano are designed to immerse the visitor in the radical shifts of scale and sensory modes that characterize nanoscience, which works on the scale of a billionth of a meter. Participants can feel what it is like to manipulate atoms one by one and experience nano-scale structures by engaging in art-making activities.

The project installations were conceived and designed by media artist Victoria Vesna (Department of Design | Media Arts, UCLA) with nanoscience pioneer James K. Gimzewski (Department of Chemistry, UCLA) and created together with a team of their graduate students. N. Katherine Hayles (Department of English, UCLA), also with graduate students, developed the text component within the gallery..

This piece integrates choreographed movement and improvisation and was created in close collaboration with the performers.
Choreography by:
Norah Zuniga Shaw
Norah Zuniga Shaw's work is grounded in the relationship between the body and place. She has 14 years of experience creating choreography for the stage, screen, and community sites in the U.S. and Costa Rica. As both a naturalist and a technologist, she has been actively involved in new directions in transnational collaboration, dance for the camera, site-specific artwork, and performance telematics. Zuniga Shaw received her BA in Environmental Science and Choreography from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and her MFA from the UCLA department of World Arts and Cultures. Recent honors and awards include the Thayer Fellowship, Glorya Kaufman Scholarship, Forti Scholarship, a Mathias Grant for dancefilm, and a UC Institute for Research in the Arts grant. She is the assistant editor for the new book and DVD Envisioning Dance on Film and Video, eds. Judy Mitoma and Elizabeth Zimmer, New York: Routledge Press, 2002.

Marianne Kim
Movement/video artist Marianne M. Kim is critically acclaimed for her independent work as well as past collaborations with awarding-winning XSIGHT! Performance Group. Highly influenced by the imagistic dance theatre of Japanese Butoh, her work investigates the most mundane and ecstatic manifestations of human experience. Her most recent performance and video projects have been presented at 2004 Dance Camera West International Dance Film Festival, University of Alaska Anchorage through the NEA/Dance USA, Bunnell Gallery in Homer Alaska, Art Institute of Chicago's Betty Rymer Gallery, University of Illinois at Weselyn, Atlanta's Seen + Heard Festival, and UCLA. Kim is a recipient of fellowships from Illinois Arts Council, Jacob K. Javits Foundation, and several grants from the Chicago Artists Assistance Grants to create new work. She received Chicago�s Ruth Page Award for Choreography and Performance in 1999 and was nominated for a 2002 Lester Horton Award for Short Form Choreography.

Katherine Ashikita, Harmony Bench, Peter Carpenter, Angela Drown, Monica Gillette, Marianne Kim, Kristen Smiarowski, Cheng-Chieh Yu

Costumes by:

Isabel Toledo

Otis School of Design

Installations by:
Victoria Vesna, noted media and net artist and chair of the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts. She has exhibited internationally and lectures and publishes widely on how perceptions of identity shift in relation to technological and scientific innovation.
James K. Gimzewski, internationally known nanoscience pioneer, professor in the UCLA Department of Chemistry, and member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. He formerly led the IBM team that constructed the world's smallest abacus using molecules one atom high and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research.
Text component by:
N. Katherine Hayles, award-winning scholar, UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature in the Department of English, and professor in the Department of Design | Media Arts. Her publications are widely influential in the fields of science, technology and literature, and electronic literature.
Architecture by:
Johnston Marklee & Associates, an award-winning architectural practice based in Los Angeles whose projects have been exhibited and published internationally. Principals Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee teach and conduct design research at a host of national and international schools of architecture and are on the faculty of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.
LACMA's participation under the direction of:
Robert Sain, director of LACMALab since 1999. Over the past four years, Sain commissioned 30 artists, 40 art students and three architecture firms to create experimental projects serving more than 250,000 visitors of all ages.
Carol S. Eliel, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at LACMA. She joined the museum in 1984 and has organized numerous exhibitions, including The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Ludwig Meidner (1989), the award-winning Annette Messager (1995), and L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925 (2001).
California Institute of Technology's (Caltech) participation includes:
Steven Schkolne, known for inventing physical ways to interact with 3-D digital data. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis on 3D computer interfaces.
Peter Schr�der, professor of computer science and applied and computational mathematics at Caltech since 1995. He is recognized for his pioneering work in Digital Geometry Processing and has received numerous awards including a Packard Foundation Fellowship and the ACM/SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.

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Exhibition Credits
This exhibition was produced by LACMALab, a research and development unit of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the University of California, Los Angeles. The exhibition was made possible in part by Union Bank of California, Bert Levy, the David Bermant Foundation, and Veeco Instruments. In-kind support was provided by IBM, Canon U.S.A., Inc., and Epson.

LACMALab is supported in part by the Caryll Mudd Sprague Endowment for the Education of Children.

UCLA units supporting this exhibition include the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Design | Media Arts, Office of Research, Pico Lab, School of the Arts and Architecture, SINAPSE, and Technology Sandbox. Additional support was provided by UC Digital Arts Research Network and UC Discovery.

Exhibitions in the Boone Children's Gallery are made possible in part by the MaryLou and George Boone Children's Gallery Endowment Fund.
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Boone Children's Gallery Admission: Admission to nano in the Boone Children's Gallery is free.

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