Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium, Issues in Cultural Theory No. 16

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Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Few expressions in the culture of human thought have the iconic stature, and emotive power, that the word "evolution" entails. Though commonly relegated to modern-day science, the concept of evolution is ingrained in representations of life and nature in the visual arts, and artists and scientists have much to share on the meaning of human origin, human existence and human fate. The present volume documents an online symposium, Visual Culture and Evolution, ...
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Overview

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Few expressions in the culture of human thought have the iconic stature, and emotive power, that the word "evolution" entails. Though commonly relegated to modern-day science, the concept of evolution is ingrained in representations of life and nature in the visual arts, and artists and scientists have much to share on the meaning of human origin, human existence and human fate. The present volume documents an online symposium, Visual Culture and Evolution, in which a distinguished panel of artists, curators, scientists, historians, educators, media theorists and critics participated in a lively, informative conversation on the interface of art and science. Opening interviews by bio-artist Eduardo Kac and Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson set the stage for an engaging debate on this perennial topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890761165
  • Publisher: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Fine Arts Gallery
  • Publication date: 3/31/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction JD Talasek 11

Preface Rick Welch 13

Keynote Interviews Kevin Finneran 21

Eduardo Kac 22

E. O. Wilson 40

Symposium Transcripts: Visual Culture and Evolution

Welcome 51

JD Talasek 52

Symmes Gardner 53

Phyllis Hecht 53

Roger Malina 54

Kevin Finneran 55

Early Origins of Evolutionary Thinking

What is Evolution? 56

What is Visual Culture? 67

What Influence Did Evolutionary ideas have on Other areas of thinking? 81

What Evolutionary ideas were Circulating in the early nineteenth Century? 99

What Was the impact of evolutionary thinking on Visual Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century? 115

Evolution: Then and Now

What New Branches of Evolutionary Thinking Have Emerged? 129

How is the Notion of Evolution Manifested in Visual Culture Today? 160

How Do Scientific Ideas Function in the Cultural Realm? 172

Does the Idea of "Elegance" Function in Science as It Does in Art? 192

Where Do We Go from Here? 200

Wrap-Up 213

Notes 220

Panelist Biographies 231

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