Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Midas  A Nanotechnological Exploration of Touch

Thomas, Paul

Journal Information:
Vol. 42, Num. 3


Thomass study is aimed toward [exploring] the space between humans and objects at the nano level, most specifically the transference between the finger and the gold it touches in his Midas project. He uses an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) to analyze the reciprocal connection between skin and gold, bringing a fresh perspective to experiential understanding. Thomas displays an impressive understanding of the various functions of the AFM, but is forced to admit that its limitations in terms of the size of the sample (a skin cell, in this case) kept him from initial success. He eventually finds the data he desires by slightly altering the process, but his real point is not so much to describe or map out this transference as to reimagine the boundaries of the human experience, to extend the bodys reach to the nanoscale and reconfigure spatial understanding through art.