Art + Science Now - Science Fair

Stephen Wilson, Art & Science Now, Science Fair, Book Cover.
Stephen Wilson, Art & Science Now, Science Fair, Book Cover.

The Arts Catalyst teams up with super/collider for their monthly laidback pop science evening

The Arts Catalyst teams up with super/collider for their monthly pop science evening to welcome Professor Stephen Wilson from San Francisco State University, author of Art+Science Now, along with artist Gina Czarnecki.

Stephen Wilson will talk about Art & Resarch:  Who said that scientific research and technological innovations belong only to the technicians?  Research has become a white hot center of cultural foment.  It is affecting everything from the gizmos of everyday life to basic philosophical notions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human. He will explore the idea that the arts can assume their historical role at the edge of culture by becoming the independent zone of research, undertaking investigations ignored or discredited by commercial interests and academic science.  And will present examples from his own artworks in areas such as gps, body sensing, telepresence, and ai and from other artists around the world.  It also explores areas of emerging technolgy and scientific inquiry that call out for artist attention.  The presentation is based on material from his new book Art+Science Now and his MIT Press book, Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology.

Artist Gina Czarnecki will be talking about Wasted a body of inter-related artworks exploring the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts and their relationship to myths, history, cutting edge stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent.

This is the latest in the series of Science Fair events presented by super/collider – bringing together scientists and stylists, chemists and creative-types, artists and astronomers. with discussions, DIY experiments and a chance to ask why it's just like being back in science class. except with a bar and music and more awesome.

Art + Science Now

A new publication by Stephen Wilson which presents a global overview of the ways in which contemporary artists draw on scientific and technological developments to explore new forms of creative expression.

In the twenty-first century, some of the most dynamic works of art are being produced not in the studio but in the laboratory, where artists probe cultural, philosophical, and social questions connected with cutting-edge scientific and technological research. Their work ranges across disciplines—microbiology, the physical sciences, information technologies, human biology and living systems, kinetics and robotics—and takes in everything from eugenics to climate change to artificial intelligence.

This comprehensive overview covers a dazzling array of work produced by some 250 artists from America, Japan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, and elsewhere. It presents a broad range of projects, from body art to bioengineering of plants and insects; from music, dance, and computer-controlled video performances to large scale visual and sound installations.

Stephen Wilson is Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University and coeditor of Leonardo, the international journal of art and science. He is the author of Information Arts and Using Computers to Create Art.

ISBN 978-0-500-23868-4 · 91/4" x 11" · 270+ color illustrations · 208 pages


Gina Czarnecki is a British new media artist born in Immingham in 1965. She studied painting and film-making at Wimbledon School of Art 1984-87 and a Postgraduate Degree in Electronic Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College Dundee from 1991-2. Her work spans a variety of mediums, including film, video, sculpture and installation art. Through a varied and often unconventional practice her work engages us with the visceral, psychological and biological grey areas, hybrids and developments that provoke questions on so many levels. Her research focuses on technologies and culture.


Stephen Wilson

Gina Czarnecki


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