Nano2 @ NANO

Nano2 is a multi-user room-sized interactive installation created for the NANO exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was commissioned by Victoria Vesna, Chair of Design | Media Art and Jim Gimzewski, Professor of Chemistry at The University of California, Los Angeles.

Nano2 takes the form of a projected floor covered in Carbon-60 molecules, otherwise known as buckminsterfullerines, or ‘buckyballs’ for short. By themselves, the buckyballs slowly roll together to form a hexagonal lattice. Collisions between buckyballs at speed result in snooker-ball like motion.

A vistor entering the area acts upon the buckyballs in the same way that the balls act upon each other, so children can run through swarms of buckyballs and disperse them as they would a flock of seagulls.

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