ISBN-10:
026223209X
ISBN-13:
9780262232098
Pub. Date:
11/30/2001
Publisher:
MIT Press
Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology

by Stephen Wilson
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262232098
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Series: Leonardo Books Series
Pages: 969
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author


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

What People are Saying About This

Frank Popper

Stephen Wilson's Information Arts is a remarkable piece of modern scholarship that offers not only a panorama of artistic concerns with topical scientific and technological matters but also exceptional insights into the aesthetic options of artists from an author who is an artist himself.

Joel Slayton

Information Arts provides an important and fundamental overview of the issues and relationship of scientific research and art. To my knowledge no other book of this scope has been published.

Endorsement

This book guides us through the vitality and plurality of creative forms that emerge when the boundaries of art and technology are erased. An invaluable reference and a delightful read.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist, curator, and author of Vectorial Elevation

Nell Tenhaaf

This book is marvelous in its scope, very important and timely, and very thoroughly researched. The author sets out to map the extremely complex and layered area of intersection between art, science, and technology. He accomplishes this by thinking through the parameters of his topic with much first-hand experience, insight, and care, and by being inclusive with examples.

From the Publisher

Information Arts provides an important and fundamental overview of the issues and relationship of scientific research and art. To my knowledge no other book of this scope has been published.

Joel Slayton, Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, School of Art and Design, San Jose State University

Stephen Wilson's Information Arts is a remarkable piece of modern scholarship that offers not only a panorama of artistic concerns with topical scientific and technological matters but also exceptional insights into the aesthetic options of artists from an author who is an artist himself.

Frank Popper, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris

This book guides us through the vitality and plurality of creative forms that emerge when the boundaries of art and technology are erased. An invaluable reference and a delightful read.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist, curator, and author of Vectorial Elevation

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

This book guides us through the vitality and plurality of creative forms that emerge when the boundaries of art and technology are erased. An invaluable reference and a delightful read.

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