[rohrpost] new publication: Art in the Age of Technoscience

Ingeborg Reichle ingeborg.reichle at kunstgeschichte.de
Mit Sep 16 10:03:37 CEST 2009

new publication: Art in the Age of Technoscience

Ingeborg Reichle: Art in the Age of Technoscience. Genetic Engineering,
Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art. With a preface by
Robert Zwijnenberg. Translated by Gloria Custance.

Is science the new art? Taking this provocative question as a starting
point, this book examines the fascinating responses of contemporary
artists when confronted with recent scientific and technological
advances. In the last two decades a growing number of artists has left
the traditional art venues to work in scientific environments like the
laboratories of molecular biology, robotics, and artificial life. From
this new art forms like Transgenic Art and Bio Art have emerged. These
art forms differ dramatically from traditional artistic approaches that
explore life: they have crossed the boundaries between the artificial
and the natural, and thus provoke passionate debates about the growing
influence of science and technology. This comprehensive survey presents
an informative selection of significant artworks in 294 color
illustrations and provides a broad overview of this new and relevant
development in art.

Artists like Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée, Louis Bec, Guy Ben-Ary,
Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Catherine Chalmers, the Chapman Brothers, Jaq
Chartier, Peta Clancy, Kevin Clarke, Critical Art Ensemble, Joe Davis,
Marcel Duchamp, George Gessert, Peter Gerwin Hoffmann, Eduardo Kac,
David Kremers, Steve Kurtz, William Latham, Edgar Lissel, Kazimir
Malevich, Reiner Maria Matysik, Jon McCormack, Niki Nickl, Steve Miller,
Simon Penny, Patricia Piccinini, Jane Prophet, Marc Quinn, Oliver
Ressler, Ken Rinaldo, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, Gary
Schneider, Karl Sims, Pam Skelton, Nell Tenhaaf, Herwig Turk, K.D.
Thornton, Stephen Todd, Paul Vanouse, Gail Wight, Adam Zaretsky and many
other artists are presented.

Acknowledgments ix
Preface by Robert Zwijnenberg xiii

1 Art in the Age of Technoscience: Transgressing the Boundaries 1
2 The Dawning of the Biotech Century 15
3 Art in the Genetic Age 33
4 When Life Becomes Art 63
5 Genesthetics: Molecular Biology and the Arts 97
6 Art in the Age of Genetic Engineering 121
7 From Life-like Machines to a Silicon Second Nature 145
8 The Living and the Life-like: Art and Artificial Life 167
9 Art and Digital Evolution 193
10 Epilog 213

Illustrations 217
Bibliography 385
Credits 413
Name Index 415
Subject Index 419

SpringerWienNewYork 2009
Format: 16.5 x 24,2 cm
452 pages, 294 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-211-78160-9