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Exhibition at The House of Lords


Nano Novels was exhibited at a BioCentre event on nanotechnology at the House of Lords on 28th February 2011

Nano Novels at the House of Lords Feb 2011 Nano Novels at the House of Lords Feb 2011

Exhibition at Bedford’s South Bank Arts Centre


A set of 16 small prints from the In Particular project will be exhibited at Bedford College’s South Bank Arts Centre.

An unusually timed lunchtime Private View will be held at 12:30pm on Friday 8th January, with the exhibition open 11-22 January 2010. All welcome, the exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Cloud Project – more nano art


I had a very informal presentation/chat at Zoe Papadopoulou and Cathrine Kramer’s excellent cloud project at the RCA.

The Cloud Project - Mind that nanoparticle!

The Cloud Project - Mind that nanoparticle!

Dana Centre event – 2nd June 2009


I’ll be showing some of the work created during the residency at an evening event at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre – 7pm-9pm, Tue 2nd June 2009. It’s free but you need to book with the Dana here:
Better Out Than In
Come for an evening of invisibility, intangibility and unexpected properties as artist Julie Freeman, nanotechnologist Jeremy Ramsden, and Pankaj Vadgama, discuss the nanocosm and the extraordinary beings that populate it. The bar and cafe will be open. Over 18′s only.

For more information see

The Nanoscale


Jeremy Ramsden and I have co-authored a scientific paper that explores the definition of the nanoscale, and it’s pretty groundbreaking stuff.

I am very excited to have a scientific publication under my belt, and even more excited that Jeremy was willing to allow me to include some cartoons in it.

The official reference:
The Nanoscale by J. J. Ramsden and J. Freeman, (Nanotechnol. Perceptions (ISSN = 1660-6795) vol. 5 (2009) pp. 3-25 oh)

If you would like a copy please email me.

The Incredible Bulk

The Incredible Bulk



Exhibition in Vincent Building


A private view was held on Wednesday 6th May 2009 to launch the exhibition of prints, representing the culmination of the residency.

Location: Vincent Building Atrium, Cranfield University, College Road, Bedfordshire, UK, MK43 0AL

Guests received a limited edition copy of Nano Novels.  Refreshments were be provided.

The exhibition runs until September 2009. Free entry. Mon-Fri 9-5pm. Fully accessible to all.

Nano Novels in the Vincent Building, Cranfield Uni

Nano Novels in the Vincent Building, Cranfield Uni

The booklet is published


Finally after much printers shenanigans the in Particular booklet is in my hands. It’s very lovely and contains all the texts and images from the project.

A limited edition of 1000, it’s available free of charge (just the stamps) so contact me if you would like a copy.

‘in Particular – art and science from the tiniverse’ by Julie Freeman and Jeremy Ramsden. Published by HAPPEN in March 2009. ISBN 978-0-9557652-6

In Particular hits Bangalore designers and scientists!


I have just returned from presenting the work at three venues in Bangalore, India. It was really well received and despite the heat all of the talks were well attended. Time Out Bangalore ran a full page interview with me and marked the events as Critics Choice!

The talks were held at:

  • The Centre for Contemporary Studies at the Indian Institute of Science
  • The Centre for Internet & Society
  • Centre for Interactive Media Arts, Srishti

I also met with CNR Rao, one of India’s most eminent scientists.

I’ve met some great people and struck up some fantastic contacts, and potential for next steps of in Particular with the Bangalore Sci Museum. Watch this space!

Surprise! 16 graphic images hit Cranfield Campus


Website launched!

16 facts, 16 fictions, and 16 images all inspired by the nanocosm!

The 16 images were printed at bus stop poster size (1.8 x 1.2 metres) and mounted across the entire Cranfield University campus at the weekend. There will be many surprised staff and students on Monday morning – striking bright patches of colour all over the otherwise plain campus really make a difference to the place.

This is a lot of fun. My works are often so technology based that I’m in a room installing (generally a dark one) so to be outside up ladders in a hard hat and flouro jacket was great.

I’m looking forward to the feedback…

Nano Novel artworks across campus

Nano Novel artworks across campus

Nano Novels


Nano Novels

I’ve been working up large scale images to support ‘Nano Novels’ I’m writing. V exciting. What I thought was going to be a set of cartoons about nanoparticles has transformed into a series of tiny stories that represent some form of process, reaction or material from the nanotechnology realm.

Why the switch? Because:

* conveying complex processes – such as how laser tweezers work – is hard enough in plain language let alone with hardly any words

* there is so much to say, and sketches of nanoparticles can’t say it all

* I don’t normally write, and I’m really into it so while it’s happening I’m going with it

I also think I have to touch on a lot of issues and facts lightly. Delving deeply into a single aspect of this vast subject (and I mean vast – it will (and is) impact a huge percentage of the industrial world, and in turn our everyday lives), although tempting, will not satisfy my need to share what I am learning and wouldn’t really be representative of the field-at-large. Later in the residency, some nanotech detail will be represented more abstractly by a physical piece of work.

So what I’m working on (with TP) is a set of Nano Novels, each accompanied by matching plain text:

“In the mating season, the tiny female Slippranophus brightly bugs increase their velocity to more than ten times their usual pace, creating a challenge for any potential mate. Fortunately, due to a unique symbiotic relationship with a plant, the male bugs have evolved a technique to demobilise their chosen mate long enough for procreation to take place. The older males produce electroluminescent droppings that are placed near the female and these dazzling droppings temporarily stun her whilst impregnation occurs. It is believed that this faecal electroluminescence is created by the male Slippranophus brightly eating a diet of Gnipglowantha – a tiny weed that releases a curiously obscure chemical at dusk and grows in the Hartlepool region of the UK. As the faeces glow for less than a second, this fascinating natural phenomena has only recently been discovered.”

“Nanotechnology seeks to try to manipulate nanoparticles, something which is extremely hard to do. It is almost impossible to hold a single nanoparticle completely still – using optical tweezers is one method scientists use to capture and move individual particles. These ‘tweezers’ do not hold the nanoparticle in the traditional sense. Instead, the intense optical field separates electrical charges on the particle, causing it to acquire a pair of opposite electrical charges (poles—hence called a dipole). The interaction between the dipole and the optical field traps the particle at the point where the field is most intense. This intense field is created by focussing a high power laser, and the particle can be then moved by moving the laser.”