Even if my starting goal was to explore nano materials, I ended up exploring a much smaller dimension – working with molecules and therefore experimenting how coherent light interacts (affects and is affected) with common molecules.
My first sessions at the lab consisted of guided tours where the lab researchers gave me an overview of the research projects they were working on. These sessions allowed me to observe the technologies, tools, instruments and methods they were using to execute their studies.
From all the tools used at Nano4med, one triggered my interest and curiosity – BioTek Synergy Neo2 Hybrid Multimode Reader – by the following three main reasons:
1. this multimode microplate reader also worked as a prosthesis – extension of the human vision to phenomena that occur at molecular and nanoscale in very short time intervals like picoseconds and nanoseconds;
2. the microplate reader used light with different wavelengths and laser light as a medium for spectroscopic analyses of interactions between molecules – time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy;
3. the microplate reader worked for the lab researchers as a black box, because they never could directly observe what was going on inside the box, the output of the reader is a cartesian two dimensional graph – a spectrogram.
As I wanted to work with laser light, and to counteract the prostheses and black box effect, the existence of BioTek Synergy Neo2 just reinforced my initial objective of building an artistic system that makes visible to the naked human eye dynamics that occur at the nanoscale. Simultaneously, due to my two decades interest in objectiles, I was studying possibilities of controlling and organising nanomaterials. I considered the crystallisation phenomena as a strategy for structural growth of elements based on nanoparticles local interactions triggered by an external medium like laser light and/or electromagnetism. Another possibility I was interested in was to use iron nanoparticles (ferrofluid) and electromagnetism as medium to modulate matter in time.