The Joseph Fetter Museum of Nanotechnology

The Nano-Art Museum will showcase breakthrough research conducted at the Institute, fusing art and science to create an interactive thought-provoking experience.

The concept for the Joseph Fetter Museum of Nanotechnology is to offer visitors an insight into the extensive range of possibilities inherent in the sciences and art, and introduce them to pioneering notions drawn from various disciplines.

The Joseph Fetter Museum of Nanotechnology, to be housed within the BINA – Bar Ilan Nanotechnology Triplex, will display the products of a continued collaboration between art and science, and will provide visitors with a multi-sensory, multidimensional, thought provoking experience.

As BIU’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials has been designed to promote collaborative interdisciplinary research, artists are encouraged to create works that captivate the mind and provide an opportunity for further exploration.

In line with the original conception of BINA as a center for interdisciplinary research, exhibits will reflect collaborations among artists and scientists, as a fusion of science, and art. The museum will be located in the lobby of the BINA building and in the open spaces of five of its nine floors, where exhibits are intended to captivate the mind and provide a unique opportunity for further exploration.

How do you form fruitful collaborations among artists and scientists?

During a long day hackathon, gathering together 30 scientists from the Nano Institute, and about 40 artists from various disciplines. After presenting their works and ideas to each other, they formed teams that began working on possible exhibits.

This fascinating process lasted nearly a year, and resulted in the creation of more than 20 art-science proposals for exhibits which were reviewed by experts with diverse backgrounds, 13 of which will be presented initially.

A glimpse into few of the fruitful collaborations:

One example that stirred up tremendous enthusiasm was a music and science experiment for an exhibit entitled Music and synchronization. The experiment was initiated by BINA faculty member Dr. Moti Fridman who teamed up with artist Elad De Lowe Shniderman to identify patterns in the threshold between synchronization and chaos. They measured the synchronization of 16 violinists, and then studied the transition from synchronization into chaos, while some the musicians could hear only certain other musicians. Audiences will experience a recording of the full concert projected on 16 individual screens.

Artist Michel Platnic, is collaborating with Prof. Orit Shefi from the Engineering Department whose research focuses on neurons and the networks that they form. Platnic is simulating growth of neurons and the way they interact with one another.

Vardi Bobrow, another artist partnering with Prof. Shefi, is creating a dynamic installation of huge neurons made of stretchable rubber bands that will simulate how damaged neurons heal by stretching and growing.

Artist Mahmood Kaiss has suggested a sculpture for the main entrance to the museum. He is designing a 5-meter high tunnel made of natural wood and inspired by nano-crystal structures, through which visitors will enter the nano-materials world.

The Nano-Art museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, offering visitors a wondrous celebration of the senses. For ongoing updates on the progress of the museum please visit our website.