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ISBN: 9780903319874 - Strange and Charmed
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Strange and Charmed

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Science and the Contemporary Visual Arts

Sian Ede

ISBN: 9780903319874
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


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This work is one of the first books to examine the relationship between science and contemporary art and to chart the new work beginning to emerge from artist/scientist collaborations. Contributors include distinguished art historian Martin Kemp and artist Andrea Duncan.

 

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Why should visual artists turn their attention to science? Because of its new materials and techniques, its strange metaphors, its controversies. An examination of science forces us to view our lives from new perspectives. A.S. Byatt writes "We need to feel there is something real out there - of which we are a part and not the whole - and science reveals it to us".

This work is one of the first books to examine the relationship between science and contemporary art and to chart the new work beginning to emerge from artist/scientist collaborations. Contributors include distinguished art historian Martin Kemp, artist Andrea Duncan, Wellcome Trust Head of Exhibitions Ken Arnold, artist/physicist Richard Bright and cognitive psychologist Mike Page. Many adventurous works are discussed and illustrated, including Cornelia Parker's meteorite fireworks, Orlan's facial surgery, James Acord's radioactive sculptures, Kitsou Dubois's choreography in zero gravity, and the "photographic photosyntheses" of Ackroyd and Harvey.