Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

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A new breed of contemporary artist engages science and technology—not just to adopt the vocabulary and gizmos, but to explore and comment on the content,agendas, and possibilities. Indeed, proposes Stephen Wilson, the role of the artist is not only to interpret and to spread scientific knowledge, but to be an active partner in determining the direction of research. Years ago, C. P. Snow wrote about the "two cultures" of science and the humanities; these developments may finally help to change the outlook of those who view science and technology as separate from the general culture.In this rich compendium, Wilson offers the first comprehensive survey of international artists who incorporate concepts and research from mathematics, the physical sciences, biology, kinetics, telecommunications, and experimental digital systems such as artificial intelligence and ubiquitous computing. In addition to visual documentation and statements by the artists, Wilson examines relevant art-theoretical writings and explores emerging scientific and technological research likely to be culturally significant in the future. He also provides lists of resources including organizations, publications, conferences,museums, research centers, and Web sites.

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"An admirable compendium of work....The book's roster reads like a who's who of international scenemakers." Wired

"Wilson...has bravely tried to survey the entire intersection of the arts and the sciences." Mike Holderness New Scientist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262731584
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 969
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Wilson was Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University.

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Table of Contents

Selected Artists
Selected Technologies
Series Foreword
1 Introduction, Methodology, Definitions, and Theoretical Overview 1
1.1 Art and Science as Cultural Acts 2
1.2 Elaboration on the Approach of Art as Research 34
2 Biology: Microbiology, Animals and Plants, Ecology, and Medicine and the Body 53
2.1 Biology: Research Agendas and Theoretical Overview 54
2.2 Artists Working with Microbiology 94
2.3 Plants and Animals 110
2.4 Ecological Art 128
2.5 Body and Medicine 148
3 Physics, Nonlinear Systems, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Geology, Astronomy, Space Science, Global Positioning System, and Cosmology 201
3.1 Physical Science Research Agendas and Theoretical Reflections 202
3.2 Atomic Physics, Nanotechnology, and Nuclear Science 222
3.3 Materials and Natural Phenomena: Nonlinear Dynamic Systems, Water, Weather, Solar Energy, Geology, and Mechanical Motion 234
3.4 Space 260
3.5 Global Positioning System (GPS) 282
4 Algorithms, Mathematics, Fractals, Genetic Art, and Artificial Life 295
4.1 Research Agendas in Mathematics and Artificial Life 296
4.2 Algorithmic Art, Art and Mathematics and Fractals 312
4.3 Artificial Life and Genetic Art 340
5 Kinetics, Sound Installations, and Robots 367
5.1 Robotics and Kinetics 368
5.2 Conceptual Kinetics and Electronics 386
5.3 Kinetic Instrument, Sound Sculpture, and Industrial Music 406
5.4 Robots 424
6 Telecommunications 457
6.1 Telecommunications Research Agendas and Theoretical Reflections 458
6.2 Telephone, Radio, and Net.Radio 486
6.3 Teleconferencing, Videoconferenecing, Satellites, the Internet, and Telepresence 514
6.4 Web Art 558
7 Digital Information Systems/Computers 603
7.1 Research Agendas and Theoretical Overview 604
7.2 Computer Media 664
7.3 Virtual Reality 692
7.4 Motion, Gesture, Touch, Gaze, Manipulation, and Activated Objects 728
7.5 Speech Synthesis, Voice Recognition, and 3-D Sound 774
7.6 Artificial Intelligence 786
7.7 Information and Surveillance 812
8 Resources 849
8.1 Exhibitions and Festivals; Educational Programs; Art, and Research Collaborations; Organization Resources, Think Tanks, and Web Resources 850
Appendixes 879
A: Methodology 880
B: Books for Further Inquiry 886
Name Index 905
Subject Index 923
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