Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

by Stephen Wilson
     
 

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

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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.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262731584
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Leonardo Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
969
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Selected Artists
Selected Technologies
Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
1Introduction, Methodology, Definitions, and Theoretical Overview1
1.1Art and Science as Cultural Acts2
1.2Elaboration on the Approach of Art as Research34
2Biology: Microbiology, Animals and Plants, Ecology, and Medicine and the Body53
2.1Biology: Research Agendas and Theoretical Overview54
2.2Artists Working with Microbiology94
2.3Plants and Animals110
2.4Ecological Art128
2.5Body and Medicine148
3Physics, Nonlinear Systems, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Geology, Astronomy, Space Science, Global Positioning System, and Cosmology201
3.1Physical Science Research Agendas and Theoretical Reflections202
3.2Atomic Physics, Nanotechnology, and Nuclear Science222
3.3Materials and Natural Phenomena: Nonlinear Dynamic Systems, Water, Weather, Solar Energy, Geology, and Mechanical Motion234
3.4Space260
3.5Global Positioning System (GPS)282
4Algorithms, Mathematics, Fractals, Genetic Art, and Artificial Life295
4.1Research Agendas in Mathematics and Artificial Life296
4.2Algorithmic Art, Art and Mathematics and Fractals312
4.3Artificial Life and Genetic Art340
5Kinetics, Sound Installations, and Robots367
5.1Robotics and Kinetics368
5.2Conceptual Kinetics and Electronics386
5.3Kinetic Instrument, Sound Sculpture, and Industrial Music406
5.4Robots424
6Telecommunications457
6.1Telecommunications Research Agendas and Theoretical Reflections458
6.2Telephone, Radio, and Net.Radio486
6.3Teleconferencing, Videoconferenecing, Satellites, the Internet, and Telepresence514
6.4Web Art558
7Digital Information Systems/Computers603
7.1Research Agendas and Theoretical Overview604
7.2Computer Media664
7.3Virtual Reality692
7.4Motion, Gesture, Touch, Gaze, Manipulation, and Activated Objects728
7.5Speech Synthesis, Voice Recognition, and 3-D Sound774
7.6Artificial Intelligence786
7.7Information and Surveillance812
8Resources849
8.1Exhibitions and Festivals; Educational Programs; Art, and Research Collaborations; Organization Resources, Think Tanks, and Web Resources850
Appendixes879
A: Methodology880
B: Books for Further Inquiry886
Name Index905
Subject Index923

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