In this episode, Sofie speaks with Professor Ioannis Michaloudis about his research career investigating the application of the NASA-created material Aerogel in design, his creative work and his collaboration with Boucheron.
Prof. Ioannis Michaloudis is a visual artist, researcher and academic, internationally acknowledged as a leader in Art&Science, and the first researcher worldwide to apply the ethereal nanomaterial silica aerogel in visual arts and design. His career began in Paris, at Sorbonne University, where he presented his thesis on Visual Arts in 1998. After receiving a “Greek Artists” Fulbright Award in 2001, he undertook research on art and nanotechnology at MIT where he started his research on the application of the space age silica aerogel in visual arts. He is the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, American University of Cyprus (AUCY), Larnaca, Cyprus. An astonishing achievement of Prof. Michaloudis is that in 2022, two of his silica aerogel aer( )sculptures -as part of Carnegie Mellon’s University MoonArk project- they will be rocketed to the moon and exist there for billions of years.”