Blue Morph

Blue Morph

Ongoing metamorphosis by media artist Victoria Vesna and nanoscientist James Gimzewski.

Venue: Theater DoZ, 3630-H Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez 93460
Contact: 805-688-1372

Guest: Leas Maria
Collaborators: Miu Ling Lam, Romie Littrell, Blanka Buic, Pinar Yoldas

Special thanks to Susan Hopmans and the David Bermant Foundation for their continuous support.


Nanotechnology is changing our perception of life and this is symbolic in the Blue Morpho butterfly with the optics involved -- that beautiful blue color is not pigment at all but patterns and structure which is what nano-photonics is centered on studying. The optics are no doubt fascinating but the real surprise is in the discovery of the way cellular change takes place in a butterfly. Sounds of metamorphosis are not gradual or even that pleasant as we would imagine it. Rather the cellular transformation happens in sudden surges that are broken up with stillness and silence. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in the sounds of metamorphosis and be the performer in the piece.