Molecules that Changed the World

Black surface with schematic representation of molecules.
Type of publication
Author / Editor
Ljiljana Fruk, Bernd Lintermann
Publishing house, place
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe

The »Molecules that Changed the World« app is meant to convey the scientific facts and interesting stories of molecules that changed our culture, course of civilization and in short, the world. Among the represented molecules are such basic compounds like water, carbon dioxide, ammonia, which not only influenced the way we think about resources, climate and food production but also affected the development of early life on Earth, and synthetic complex compounds such as nitroglycerin, polyethylene and aspirin. App is aiming at telling you more about the chemical background of such molecules and their influence onto the historical and cultural developments and the life as we know it.

This app is a translation of the interactive 3D installation »Molecules that Changed the World« by Ljiljana Fruk and Bernd Lintermann, which was designed at ZKM | Institute for Visual Media to accompany the »Molecular Aesthetics« Symposium held at ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany in 2011.

The app can be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play. Or try the Web App in your Browser

Croatian, English and German
55.3 MB, requires iOS 8.0 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.