We met with Ludivine and Tom through our Addictlab publication ‘The nano Issue’. Their work stood out because of its emphasis on detail, interaction, combination and evolution and we were fond of their analytic research method. Together they create the most stunning designs out of the combination of vector drawings and programming code. In the fall of 2009, we invited Ludivine and Tom in the labs of imec. Based on what they learned here and from their own research into the world of nano- and bioelectronics, Ludivine developed the individual components.‘I did not need to understand everything to be able to visualize this unseen world graphically. I could create visual components that represent principal concepts in nanotechnology. I could also use color and composition as functions expressing the dynamics in the system. By making the components reminiscent of real-life organisms, I could define the system artistically and physically.'
These individual elements are then combined in bottom-up experimentation with algorithmic compositions. The components in the library are inspired by the following concepts:
- Chemistry & physics: atoms and molecules. Fullerenes are introduced in the composition as invisible grids (or signals) in the background.
- Biology: cells and single-celled organisms
- Bio-electronics: chips, biochips, MEMStechnology (micro-electromechanical systems),nano-robotics and tissue self-assembly
A role (or behavior) is then assigned to the individual elements according to their location in the composition. The composition is based on an invisible grid circuit. The entire artwork acts as an imaginary biochip, powered by solarenergy emitted from the window in the room. The window is the origin point of a fluid wave of components that ripples throughout the imec hallway along the walls.