15.195 new book on the "information arts"

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Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 03:52:25 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 195.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 08:44:44 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
             Subject: Information Arts

    Dear Dr. Willard McCarty,

    Hi, forthcoming: Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and
    Technology Steve Wilson (October 2001, The MIT Press, A Leonardo Book,
    ISBN 0-262-23209-X) --thought might interest you..

    "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

    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.

    More details, please visit at:

    Thank you..
    Best Regards
    Arun Kumar Tripathi

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