Artist in Residence closing event: analogies between science and art

Thursday 28th January marked the finish of a four-month creative exchange between researchers at Kavli Institute and visual artist John Walter, Kavli Artist in Residence of 2020, inspiring both the Kavli scientists and the artist in their work.

Please view John’s work during this period “Patterns In Time” and the movie Chaotic Cavities (2021), which premiered at the closing event.

Kavli Artist in Residence in the lab: John Walter

The Kavli Institute for Nanoscience has taken in the British painter John Walter, who is interested in “complexity”. By making copies of Delftware in weird colours, assembling these into paintings and compiling them into a virtual reality tour through the lab, Walter is a source of inspiration and fresh energy for the researchers!

Watch the video here:

John’s current project is Patterns In Time:

The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft is an intellectually inspiring environment of world-leading scientists that perform pioneering research to understand the nanoworld – from quantum physics to nanobiology. The focus is on developing novel concepts and achieving game-changing breakthroughs.

The Institute consists of two departments of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology: the Department of Quantum Nanoscience, the Department of Bionanoscience and members from QuTech. These scientists share the joint Kavli Nanolab facility. The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft was founded in 2004, when it was selected and endowed by the Kavli Foundation. Delft is one of five Kavli Institutes of Nanoscience worldwide (Cornell, Oxford, Caltech, Berkeley and Delft, see Current co-directors of the institute Professor Kobus Kuipers and Dr. Chirlmin Joo.



Bionanoscience is a vibrant and steeply growing research field that focuses on the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology and cell biology. With our research we seek to understand life at the nanoscale.



Quantum Nanoscience is a thriving research field that studies and exploits one of the most radical physical phenomena that occur at the nanoscale, the emergence of quantum mechanical behavior.