Art and Science Now

Art + Science Now

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

  1. Stephen Wilson
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  • ISBN 9780500289952
  • 27.50 x 23.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 208pp
  • With over 270 colour illustrations
  • First published 2012
‘Eye-catching work by artists blurring the boundaries between art and science’ – The Observer
‘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

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

Presenting 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.

Some of the most dynamic works of art are now 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 provides a dazzling overview of this new strand of contemporary art, showcasing the best international work produced since 2000. Featuring around 250 artists from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the US, Japan, Australia and elsewhere, it presents a broad range of fascinating projects, from body art to bioengineering, from music, dance 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, a leading authority in the field, neatly 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.

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