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Final Blog- Marco Anzures

Posted in Week 10, Week 9 on December 11, 2007 by manzures

The final week of presentations was a refreshing experience in creativity and ingenuity. I was continually impressed by the classes enthusiasm towards their projects and the amount of careful detail and deliberation that was put forth into their projects. This class has really provided a different academic experience for me thus far in my career at UCLA. Normally classes require you to recall dates, facts, or formulas and very rarely allow the amount of freedom to explore topics and personal interests in an academic setting. The myriad of different ideas for fire, water, air, and earth were incredible. This was truly the first time I have been able to exprience the thoughts and ideas of my peers in such a fashion, it was quite inspiring. Perhaps now that the course has ended I am a little disappointed that we didn’t have the opportunity to do more of this type of learning research and presentation throughout the quarter. I understand that the quarter flies by and lectures must be presented but if there was a way to increase the amount of student collaboration and presentation of ideas that would be awesome. I believe someone else commented that this class was different than others he had taken because he felt he was learning rather than being asked to memorize certain things. I would have to echo those words as well. This class presented me with an opportunity to absorb information at my own leisure and it offer avenues for personal research and inquiry. I believe the blogs have been an important facilitator of ideas and discussion (I’m one to talk though, having only contributed sparingly to them, although I enjoy reading them). I feel like the blogs would become an even more important part of the class if they were discussed more thoroughly in section, maybe as a way to start a class discussion and survey the general feelings about that previous week’s topics. My thoughts are wandering but I would also like to comment on the guest lecturers who came and spoke. While many of them are distinguished individuals in their field it would be helpful if their lectures were designed to speak towards a more or less ingnorant group of intellectuals, and I mean this in the best possible way. I was left a little dazed, even overwhelmed at times from their lectures because I couldn’t possibly hope to understand the language and context they speaking of. Perhaps I was the only one with this isssue but in any case it was inspiring to have them speak to us and I’m grateful for their time and energy spent. In closing I would like to say that this class has been a very unique experience for me and I encourage others to explore other opportunities like this at UCLA.


jack kutilek week 9 nanotech and IBM technology and art and lecture and science

Posted in Week 9 on December 6, 2007 by jkutilek

lets reflect on last week
all i remember was gimzewskis(?) lecture on nanotechnology. it was pretty chill i guess i was really able to listen to it because he made it entertaining to just listen to him talk. or maybe it was that i am secretly interested in nanotechnology and i just dont know it. actually that might have something to do with it; i did find it pretty interesting regardless. ONWARD TO SCIENCE. what was really most interesting to me was that we have to ability to paint with atoms. like that ucla thing. or any of the other ones i forget if he showed us any other ones. I really just think it’s amazing that we can do that. I guess thats the digs. because we cant really do any special art with it, its just really really small. but its the same stuff you know. just putting colors on a surface or canvas.
Ah, a quick look at the internet and we’ve got an article that talks about IBM and painting with atoms. and also what other things they can do with atoms, like store data apparently. SO SAYS ah yes they spelled IBM in atoms. but they also made the worlds smallest art piece: it is a picture of the sun made of 20000 gold atoms on a silicon wafer. its pretty spectacular i guess but the article doesnt show a PIC of it. i had to look elswhere:
but the science is pretty astonishing too. its not all art these days. IBM is saying if they place nanowires correctly, they can get some high performance machinery! ho ho ho santa’s come early this year! they can also potentially make very small arrays to test for small traces of diseases. pretty impressive, IBM.
Now let me think about all this. In terms of the future, I mean. Excuse me. But i think this stuff will play a large part in the future. I mean they have so many ideas already of what they can do with it. Imagine what people will come up with when we really know how to work with it all. We are talking about flying cars here people. actually not, that was unfounded. but probably our lives are going to get better.


Posted in Week 9 on December 5, 2007 by lco


A Reflection – Chris Brackert

Posted in Week 9 on December 5, 2007 by chrisbrackert

            So, it is the last week of class.  How did it all go?  Well, in my opinion, it was all a huge success.  We managed to educate in the path of the third culture.  North campus and South campus majors alike enjoyed the class (I think).  Personally, this has been one of my favorite classes at UCLA. 

To me, art is such a special thing.  It takes real guts to be an artist.  You have to go out into the world and present yourself and your ideas to be judged.  Judgment about artists and their art comes from all sorts of people, so in the end, you are guaranteed to have some negative feedback.  This is a harsh world.  A lot of luck goes into making it big in the art world.  A lot of luck and a lot of hard work.  I am a firm believer that a good, successful artist must put much time and energy into getting known in the art community and beyond.  For this, I have always been jealous.

Being a computer Science Major, I tend to find myself spending much of my time at a computer.  I really want to learn about the artsy world around me and explore my artistic side.  (OK, I do happen to spend a heck of a lot time playing music with my band, but not as much as I would like).  I feel like I am trapped in my South campus bubble, and have no ability to explore elsewhere.

This class has opened my eyes and increased my hope that I can pursue an art career as well as stick with my Engineering major.  I had never previously thought about the idea that things I have been learning in my classes could possibly be applied to art.  Now, I believe the complete opposite.  In fact, in some ways, my scientific background could potentially help me create art that someone without that knowledge could have never even dreamed of.  All of this excites me very much and I hope to continue learning about the things that we have only touched the surface of in this class.

Thank you to Victoria, the TAs, and all the guest lecturers (even that crazy green bunny guy).

WEEK 9 – Frank Nicholas- The End

Posted in Week 9 on December 5, 2007 by franknicholas

I really liked the speaker today. I think he was a good lecturer and was funny, and I think it was good to get to see a different perspective on everything. Not only form a professor form a different field, but from someone from and whole different country. Nano technology is so interesting to me because there is no way to look at any art of it without machines and microscopes and such. I thought what he said about the makeup industry being a lot of nano technology was really interesting. No one would every think that makeup was such a science. And this just show how there is so much more to things than one thinks, and only those who make it or develop it really knows what goes into a product.So we got through half of the presentations and I think they are going really well.  Everyone had such good ideas, and even though there were a lot that were similar, like water pollution, no one had the same exact projects.  With this class coming to an end I think that it was a really fun and interesting class and I would recommend it to my friends.  I’m looking forward to the other half of the presentations tomorrow.

Connections- Tiffany Leung

Posted in Week 9 on December 5, 2007 by tiffleung

Having James Gimzewski as our last guest lecturer of the class was a very good choice. As opposed to the last guest lectures who gave sort of ordinary, or such structured lectures, Gimzewski’s was much more enjoyable because he lectured in a way that kept us interested throughout, I think, because of how light hearted and numerous he was about his work, colleagues, and about science in general. I felt like before him, scientists I’ve usually heard talk about their work have always been very serious and a bit intimidating, so it was a little harder to follow their lectures. Gimzewski’s work with nanotechnology is definitely a great breakthrough for the world of science and it was fascinating to learn about the developments that are happening at this very second on OUR campus! I love UCLA! After looking up about more of the work that Gimzewski is involved in, the most recent is the discovery of a distinguishing texture of cancer cells and normal cells. Work like this has a great potential to do wonders for the future treatment of cancer patients, and its very interesting to see where this will go throughout our lifetime. His other works, like the project about trying to record the sounds of a butterfly cocoon, really exemplifies the work that scientists do that also involve the arts. The meshing of Gimzewski’s work and Professor Vesna’s work shows just how much science and art correlate and how much they depend on each other for all sorts of projects now.

Another part of our lectures that week, which I found to be interesting as well, was the Mandela project that Professor Vesna had worked on with the Tibetan Monks. It is really intriguing to see the connection between religious practices and art. Even though art has always been a huge part of religion, seeing the ceremonies and practices that are linked to the creation of these mandalas shows how precise it all must be. The making of these mandalas also incorporates the use of technology, especially when we saw slides of large production it required to showcase these works of art. When we learn how monks, artists (Prf. Vesna), and scientists (Gimzewski), work together to create this nanomandala, we can really appreciate the relationship between those studies. I just found a few sites that had information of the project like this one, . I really wish we could have seen the video that Professor Vesna wanted to show us of the really cool zoom-out of the mandala because I haven’t been able to find it on the internet either.

For this week, the first half of the final presentations have been really cool since none of them overlapped too much. Even though the topic of water seems like there would not be that many things to talk about, the possibilities now seem limitless. I am looking forward to seeing what earth presentations will be about on Wednesday.

Never in a professional collegiate classroom would I have imagined…

Posted in Week 9 on December 5, 2007 by ava3

That I would hear the word “shit” and such colloquial language given as a lecture. Don’t get me wrong, it was certainly one of the most entertaining lectures/speeches I have ever heard, merely unexpected. I had noticed, however, that in the beginning James Gimzewski lecture started like any other.  Formal, an introductory of nanotechnology, what he does…blah blah blah. SOmehow I saw the moment it changed. He was tired of people not paying attention, falling asleep, or just typing on facebook. He decided to get our attention. Though his views, ideas, and concepts on nanotechnology were all seemingly interesting, ti was the way he presented it that was truly captivating. Again, everything leads back to perception. He knew how to appeal to his audience. One thing I found interesting was when he exclaimed when another person had his same idea but he said “ha, but I was published.” Does that truly make the other person more right? I’m not sure how many of you know, but the Theory of Evolution was not ONLY Charles Darwin’s idea, he was merely the first to get published. SO if the other man had exclaimed his ideas, he would be ignored, and just repeating what Darwin had said. The same is of the invention of the first real working camera. Two men were at a race to create the ideal camera, but Niepce won because the other man died.Inventions, theories, creations… it seems humans are more obsessed with fame and fortune than truly progressing the current standard way of life.  Where will we be in 50 years? Will nano tech really be that prevalent? will art and Science find their way back into one whole world, or will the third culture come alive? Will culture live on to see another 50 years, or will people wanting power and fortune come to destroy what’s cultural, and have the means of life to be money? We are the future. We are the ones who decide. What do you choose?