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  • Kate Nichols: Color By Nano
    Artist Kate Nichols longed to paint with the iridescent colors of butterfly wings, but no such pigments existed. So she became the first artist-in-residence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to synthesize nanoparticles and incorporate them into her artwork. From the laboratory to the studio, see how Kate uses the phenomenon known as "structural color" to transform nanotechnology into creativity.
  • Thijs Biersteker : Symbiosia
    Trees produce annual growth rings within their trunks, hidden beneath their bark. The thickness and shape of the rings can vary, depending the health of the trees. Environmental changes such as fires, droughts, and pollution levels, as well as disease, all affect their appearance. The rings are visual documentation of the lives of trees. An art installation in the Fondation Cartier’s garden displays real-time data from two trees. Digital screens display a representation of their growth rings, as they change due to environmental conditions. The project is a collaboration between the artist Thijs Biersteker and the scientist/botanist Stefano Mancuso and his International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. Find out more about this data art installation in this article with video from The Urban Letter. https://theurbanletter.com/symbiosia/
  • Video: Tending the Wild: Living Desert
    The desert is a unique and highly fragile environment that is culturally valuable to Native communities. Despite appearing barren, the desert supports a wide swath of life: plants, animals, humans, and cultural practices. But the desert has also been seen as a location prime for urban development and large-scale extractive industries such as mining, wind, and solar energy development. In the past few years, these industries have expanded in the Mojave desert and had devastating impacts on the delicate environment and the Native cultures dependent on them. In this video, we explore how Native peoples continue to live in the desert and how they are confronting threats to their environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOhdwKOO0Y0
  • Alexandra Toland: Dust Blooms. Can we put a price on the services that urban flowers provide?
    Artist and landscape planner Alexandra Toland worked with experts in environmental microbiology, urban soils, and of course urban ecosystem services to explore the ability of flowers to help filter atmospheric particulate matter (PM.) https://we-make-money-not-art.com/dust-bloom-can-we-put-a-price-on-the-services-that-urban-flowers-provide/
  • Article: Nature-Inspired Design- 10 Examples of Biomimicry
    Have you ever looked at a man-made structure that reminded you of something found in nature? If so, that probably wasn’t by accident, but by design. Biomimicry is an innovative approach to design that not only looks to mimic nature but also to build structures that are sustainable based on the best that our planet has to offer. Here are just ten glorious examples of biomimicry from around the globe.
  • Article: When artists get involved in research, science benefits
    When artists and scientists get together, creative sparks can fly. Collaborative sci-art projects are increasingly popular and one obvious benefit is the greater visibility of the research through the artist’s work. This project explores scientific and artistic aspects of Antarctic ice crystals. https://theconversation.com/when-artists-get-involved-in-research-science-benefits-82147
  • BIOSTEAM FEATURED ARTIST: Ana MacArthur
    "As a cross-disciplinary light and environmental artist, Ana MacArthur is interested in functioning as a creative catalyst, by excavating nature’s processes and connected metaphors through the specific lenses of life’s relationship to light, environmental intelligence, and appropriate technology."
  • Define: Site Specific defined - From Goodbye-Art Academy
    A series giving you all the definitions of popular art terms accompanied with visuals to help you better understand the terms.
  • Define: What is Ecological Art?
    Ecological art is an art genre and artistic practice that seeks to preserve, remediate and/or vitalize the life forms, resources and ecology of Earth, by applying the principles of ecosystems to living species and their habitats throughout the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, including wilderness, rural, suburban and urban locations. Read more in this definition on wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_art
  • Gershon Dublin: PHOX Ears
    The Electronic Fox Ears helmet is a listening device that changes its wearer's experience of hearing. A pair of head-mounted, independently articulated parabolic microphones and built-in bone conduction transducers allow the wearer to sharply direct their attention to faraway sound sources. Field recording and ambient sound have long been a part of electronic music; our device extends these practices by drawing on a tradition of wearable technologies and prosthetic art that blur the boundaries of human perception.
  • Gilberto Esparza: Nomadic Plants
    Vegetation and microorganisms live in symbiosis inside the body of the Nomadic Plants robot. Whenever its bacteria require nourishment, the self-sufficient robot will move towards a contaminated river and ‘drink’ water from it. Through a process of microbial fuel cell, the elements contained in the water are decomposed and turned into energy that can feed the brain circuits of the robot. Find out more about this art work by Gilberto Esparza in this article. https://we-make-money-not-art.com/_1_cuando_lei_acerca/
  • Ivan Henriques: Bio-machine/Jurema Action Plant
    Electromagnetic variations trigger movement of the robotic structure, on which the plant is situated, by means of a custom-made circuit board. The thresholds for response are set in such a way that only touching the plant makes it move away from the person touching it. https://www.mediamatic.net/en/page/52844/bio-machine
  • Natalie Jeremijenko: The Art of the Eco Mindshift
    Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more. https://www.ted.com/talks/natalie_jeremijenko_the_art_of_the_eco_mindshift?language=en
  • Project: Invisible Art- Mosaics, Polarized Light, and 3D Glasses
    This simple project capitalizes on the ability of certain materials that not only polarize light but twist it, and of 3D glasses to see that light as various colors. https://www.instructables.com/id/Invisible-Art-Mosaics-Polarized-Light-and-3D-Glass/
  • Resource: Lightweighting principles inspired by nature
    During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.
  • Resource: Stories and Legends- Indigenous Food Systems Network
    Resource: Stories and legends can emphasize the value of Indigenous food related knowledge as well as roles, responsibilities and relationships between one another and the land, plants, and animals that provide us with our food. Sharing stories and legends will inspire and enable individuals and organizations to reflect and shift practices, and promote community food related action. Stories and legends can be told using a variety of traditional and contemporary media including: oral tradition (audio), digital video, creative writing and poetry, drama, cinema etc. Find out more in this story resource by Indigenous Food Systems Network. https://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/story-or-legend
  • Student example: Bio-inspired drawing samples
    To get you ready for the project of doing a nature-inspired drawing informed by the topic of pollinator decline and biodiversity loss. here are some examples
  • Tania Rubio: Biomachine Wind Animals
    Video: Check out this sound installation that references bird calls, traditional pottery and technology. Interactive Sound Installation supported by the program Art, Science and Technology of FONCA-UNAM, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk2-a7SpxTg
  • Video: Kids Nest Building Timelapse
    On August 18, 2018 the Taos Land Trust hosted a community event to gain feedback on the draft master plan for Rio Fernando Park - a public space the land trust is creating in the center of Taos, New Mexico. Local artists came to lead kids and adults alike in the creation of giant landscape-scale bird nests.
  • Video: Art vs. science? The battle that never was
    What role can art play in science? An unexpectedly important one, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. Art is being used by NASA to communicate its discoveries and concepts and can help people learn science. Find out more in this video by Big Think. https://bigthink.com/videos/michelle-thaller-art-vs-science-the-battle-that-never-was
  • Video: David Dunn- Sonic weapon successful in bark beetle battle
    Forest scientists at Northern Arizona University, desperate to stop the massive devastation from bark beetle infestation, have recruited a powerful and unconventional force to fight this fierce little bug—Santa Fe musician and composer David Dunn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2YMw7Lx3Fo&feature=share
  • Video: Michael Pawlyn on Using nature's genius in architecture|TED
    How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZp6smeSQA
  • Video: Professor David Dunn's Bark Beetle Patent (UC Santa Cruz)
    UC Santa Cruz music professor David Dunn has received a patent to help fight bark beetles ravaging Western forests, killing millions of trees throughout the West. Read more on his invention and solution. Find out more about this technology and art collaboration in this UC Santa Cruz video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0X9rhHH2Zg&feature=share
  • Video: The Case for Land Art | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios
    EARTHWORKS. LAND ART. EARTH ART. Whatever you call it, we look at what it means to make art out in nature and in the world from the 1960s to today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STW0eZDsKVg
  • What is Polage Art?
    Artist Austine Wood Comarow talks about her art and how the materials make color without any pigments or dyes. https://vimeo.com/296214230
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