Art + Science Now: How Scientific Research and Technological Innovation Are Becoming Key to 21st-Century Aesthetics

Art + Science Now: How Scientific Research and Technological Innovation Are Becoming Key to 21st-Century Aesthetics

by Stephen Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0500238685

ISBN-13: 9780500238684

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

A global overview of the ways in which contemporary artists draw on scientific and technological developments to explore new forms of creative expression.
In the twenty-first century, some of the most dynamic works of art are being produced not in the studio but in the laboratory, where artists probe cultural, philosophical, and social questions connected with

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A global overview of the ways in which contemporary artists draw on scientific and technological developments to explore new forms of creative expression.
In the twenty-first century, some of the most dynamic works of art are being produced not in the studio but in the laboratory, where artists probe cultural, philosophical, and social questions connected with cutting-edge scientific and technological research. Their work ranges across disciplines—microbiology, the physical sciences, information technologies, human biology and living systems, kinetics and robotics—and takes in everything from eugenics to climate change to artificial intelligence.
This comprehensive overview covers a dazzling array of work produced by some 250 artists from America, Japan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, and elsewhere. It presents a broad range of projects, from body art to bioengineering of plants and insects; from music, dance, and computer-controlled video performances to large-scale visual and sound installations. Special features include a full reading list and lists of pertinent museum collections, festivals, and research centers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500238684
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Art, Science + Technology 6

1 Molecular Biology 18

2 Living Systems 38

3 Human Biology 62

4 Physical Sciences 84

5 Kinetics & Robotics 106

6 Alternative Interfaces 130

7 Algorithms 158

8 Information 180

Conclusion: Cultural Challenges in a Techno-scientific Age 200

Further reading & browsing 202

Online resources 203

Sources of illustrations 204

Index 206

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