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Michal Gavish

Contributors: Dr. Yigal Blum, Dr. Roey Shaviv, Prof. Ruth Stark, Etty Yaniv

GROWTH/OVERFLOW  A Sculptural Video Installation

Growth/Overflow is a multi-media sculptural installation of animation video projections. Using over a thousand images of scientific footage, this project animates growth in physical networks such as crystals, thin films, and bio systems. These evolve into complex devices that become multi- dimensional to the point of overflow. Specific systems, from silicon to bio molecules, are presented as a metaphor for the exponential growth that leads to the abundance of technology. The project is collaboration among five scientists and artists with an extensive scientific background.


Dr. Michal Gavish is a San Francisco-based multimedia artist. Her previous career as a scientist is a major aspect of her practice. In her imagery she touches on issues of scientific perception such as measurement, order and disorder and uses them as a special lens for creating her work. Gavish has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry and was working as a professional scientist until she decided to concentrate on her art. She received her MFA from SFAI in 2008. Her work is represented by Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco and was shown in the Bay Area, New York, Europe and South America.


Dr. Yigal D. Blum, SRI Fellow and Associate Director, Chemical Science and Technologies Laboratory, has 28 years of experience at SRI International, one of the largest not-for-profit research organizations in the USA. His research activities engulf a broad range of chemicals, materials and their applications; many of them are based on nano-scale concepts. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy is a practical analytical instrument in his research. Yigal continues to be amazed by the artistic nature of images of natural materials, taken at scale smaller than a hundred-thousandth (1:100,000) of an inch.


Dr.Roey Shaviv, director of Technology at Applied Materials, received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1988 from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Previously he was a Senior Integration and Applications Technologist at Novellus Systems Inc. (now part of Lam Research Inc.) where he was specializing in reliability and integration issues associated with copper / low-k interconnects. Prior to this, he was the Etch Engineering Section Head, and earlier the Thin Films and CMP Engineering Section Head, at Tower Semiconductors


Dr. Ruth Stark is a Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She directs the City University of New York Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies. Drawing on training at the interface of chemistry, physics, and biology, her current research program focuses on the molecular structure and development of biopolymers that protect fruits and vegetables, the solution-state structure and transport mechanisms of nutritionally important fatty acid-binding proteins, and the molecular development of melanin pigments associated with infections.


Etty Yaniv is the co-founder of Elcom Technologies, a wireless communication engineering company and currently works from her studio in Brooklyn. She holds BA in psychology from Tel Aviv University, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and a MFA from SUNY Purchase. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Village Voice, New York Press, Newsday Magazine, and The Nation. Her multi-media installations has been exhibited in several galleries and museums, including City without Walls, Aljira, Farleigh Dickenson University, Montclair Fine Arts Museum, Austin State University, Dolly Maass, White Box, and a solo show at the Monmouth Museum.


Special thanks to:

Dr. Xudong Guan.  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Genomics Institute, NMR Facility Manager.

Lam Research Inc.


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