For a scientist, the chemical elements are collections of protons, neutrons and electrons that bond with each other. It is easy to forget that these are also materials that resonate with the human experience. The "Element of Surprise" provides a different, humanistic view on the elements. Our intention is to showcase the work of artists who think about or are inspired by the chemical elements.
Our inaugural artist is the poet Julia Klatt Singer. Click on Sp on the periodic table on the front page of openkim.org to listen to Julia reciting poems from her book Elemental inspired by the periodic table.
We welcome additional contributions. If you would like to submit audio, visual or written art related to materials and the chemical elements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org