Art + Science Now

Art + Science Now

How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics

  1. Stephen Wilson
  • ISBN 9780500238684
  • 27.50 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 208pp
  • With over 270 colour illustrations
  • First published 2010
‘Fascinating … the artists/scientists in this book show that good art and good science are not so very different, and that when they find their niche, their joining can make something powerful, interesting and beautiful’ – The Art Book
''Art + Science Now' is a great starting point for anyone wishing to expand their horizon, reflection, knowledge and critical view on the impact that current scientific developments are having on art and, more generally, on our culture. Highly recommended!We Make Money Not Art blog

See the review in The Observer

A comprehensive guide to contemporary art inspired or driven by scientific and technological innovation, Art + Science Now points to intriguing new directions for the visual arts and traces a key strand in 21st-century aesthetics.

This is a global overview of the ways in which contemporary artists are drawing on kinetics, biology, robotics and information technologies to explore new forms of creative expression.

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In the 21st 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 – taking in everything from eugenics and climate change to virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Art + Science Now, the first illustrated survey of its kind, provides a dazzling overview of this new strand of contemporary art, showcasing the best international work produced since 2000.

Featuring around 250 artists from around the world, it presents projects from body art to bioengineering, from music and computer-controlled video performances to large-scale visual and sound installations, all of which challenge our assumptions about our relations with science, technology and the world around us.

Stephen Wilson summarizes the latest scientific research for the lay reader, and supplements his text with a reading list and extensive online resources, highlighting the museums, festivals, research centres and educational programmes that support this new work.

Artists’ Websites and other resources
See a full list of featured artists' websites
Additional resources are available at
the author’s companion website for this book
See Stephen Wilson's article 'Art meets science: Speaking a lingua digica' in New Scientist CultureLab blog

Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University is an author and artist who explores the cultural implications of new technologies. His interactive installations and performances have been shown internationally in galleries and at art exhibitions, including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, BEAP and V2, and he has served as artist-in-residence at Xerox PARC and NTT Research labs. His extensive list of publications includes Using Computers to Create Art and Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology.

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