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Art as Organism : Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image

Art as Organism : Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image


 Art as Organism shows that the digital image was a rich and expansive artistic medium of modernism. Linking its emergence to the dispersion of biocentric aesthetic philosophies developed by Bauhaus pedagogue Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, from 1920s Berlin to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1970s, Charissa Terranova uncovers seminal but overlooked references to biology, the organism, feedback loops, emotions, and the Gestalt, along with an intricate genealogy of related thinkers across disciplines.

Unearthing a forgotten narrative of modernism, one which charts the influence that biology, General Systems Theory, and cybernetics had on modern art, Terranova interprets new major art movements such as the Bauhaus, Op Art, and Experiments in Art and Technology by referencing contemporary insights from architects, embryologists, electrical engineers, and computer scientists. From kinetic and interactive art to early computer art and installations spanning an entire city, this book charts complex connections between visual culture, science and technology that comprise the deep history of 20th-century art.

Product details

  •  Paperback | 336 pages
  •  138 x 216 x 21.59mm | 596g
  •  Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  •  London, United Kingdom
  •  English
  •  Reprint
  •  82 bw illus
  •  1350270970
  •  9781350270978

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