Strange and charmed : science and the contemporary visual artsOther(s) author(s) : Ede, Siân, [editore] ; Byatt, A.S, [hitzaurregile] ; Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian. Centro de Arte Moderna , [argitaratzaile]Language : EnglishLondon : Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2000200 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 24 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeISBN : 0-903319-87-X.Art and science
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Wfy should visual artists turn their attention to science? Because of its new materials and techniques, is strange metaphors, its controversies. An examination of science forces us to view our lives from new perspectives. As 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."
"Strange and Charmed" explores the burgeoning interest in science which is becoming evident in the work of many contemporary artists, inspired by a robust curiosity and informed by scientific method and technology. Science provides a new sense of scale, whether the artist is beguiled by cosmological vastness or molecular detail. While science and art present different forms of understanding and of interpreting the world, there are opportunities for each to gain insights from the other's approach.
The book begins with an analysis of the great divide between the two cultures and goes on to consider the peculiar and uncertain condition of contemporary art. It explores the development of the visual images in science and its potential for influencing new art. It examines the ways in which the drive to collect, identify and classify, so fundamental to science, stimulates artists to make subversive taxonomies. It looks at neuropsychological explanations for the ways in which artists and viewers see, order and make associations. It considers the influence on new art-making of research and practice in quantum physics and molecular biology. The book concludes xith an investigation into the ways in which artists are addressing the impact of science on society.
Many adventurous works are discussed and illustrated, including Helen Chadwick's sensitive creations involving human embryos, James Acord's radioactive sculptures, the strange juxtapositions of Susan Hiller and Richard Wentworth, Kitsou Dubois's choreography in zero gravity, the "photographic photosyntheses" of Ackroyd and Havey and Cornelia Parker's "Cold Dark Matter"