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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262232098 | 970 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 279 illus. | November 2001
Paperback | $70.95 Trade | £52.95 | ISBN: 9780262731584 | 970 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 279 illus. | February 2003

Information Arts

Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology


A new breed of contemporary artist engages science and technology—not just to adopt the vocabulary and gizmos, but to explore and comment on the content, agendas, and possibilities. Indeed, proposes Stephen Wilson, the role of the artist is not only to interpret and to spread scientific knowledge, but to be an active partner in determining the direction of research. Years ago, C. P. Snow wrote about the "two cultures" of science and the humanities; these developments may finally help to change the outlook of those who view science and technology as separate from the general culture.

In this rich compendium, Wilson offers the first comprehensive survey of international artists who incorporate concepts and research from mathematics, the physical sciences, biology, kinetics, telecommunications, and experimental digital systems such as artificial intelligence and ubiquitous computing. In addition to visual documentation and statements by the artists, Wilson examines relevant art-theoretical writings and explores emerging scientific and technological research likely to be culturally significant in the future. He also provides lists of resources including organizations, publications, conferences, museums, research centers, and Web sites.

About the Author

Stephen Wilson was Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University.


“An admirable compendium of work....The book's roster reads like a who's who of international scenemakers.”—Wired
“Wilson...has bravely tried to survey the entire intersection of the arts and the sciences.”—Mike Holderness, New Scientist


“This book is marvelous in its scope, very important and timely, and very thoroughly researched. The author sets out to map the extremely complex and layered area of intersection between art, science, and technology. He accomplishes this by thinking through the parameters of his topic with much first-hand experience, insight, and care, and by being inclusive with examples.”
Nell Tenhaaf, electronic media artist and professor, York University, Toronto
Information Arts provides an important and fundamental overview of the issues and relationship of scientific research and art. To my knowledge no other book of this scope has been published.”
Joel Slayton, Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, School of Art and Design, San Jose State University
“Stephen Wilson's Information Arts is a remarkable piece of modern scholarship that offers not only a panorama of artistic concerns with topical scientific and technological matters but also exceptional insights into the aesthetic options of artists from an author who is an artist himself.”
Frank Popper, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris
“This book guides us through the vitality and plurality of creative forms that emerge when the boundaries of art and technology are erased. An invaluable reference and a delightful read.”
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist, curator, and author of Vectorial Elevation