Artists as Inventors - Inventors as Artists

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Edited by: Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels, Barbara U. Schmidt Texts by: Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels, Simon Werrett u.a., Sylvie Lacerte, Simon Penny, Cornelius Borck, Karin Harasser, Katja Kwastek, Wolfgang Hagen English 2008, 240 Pages, 77 Ills. Softcover 241mm x 168mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2153-0

Using both historical and contemporary examples, this publication traces the complex relationships between art, technology, and science, focusing on technological and artistic media from the nineteenth century to the present day.The interplay of technological invention and artistic innovation requires a variety of methods, ranging from the fine arts and cultural studies to the history of science and media archaeology. Among the key themes, which the contributions will examine from a variety of perspectives, are: the status of technology as a shared feature of or “boundary object” between art and science; the conflicts among ethical, aesthetic, and economic values in the system of art versus that of technology; the paradox that inventions are regarded as achievements of individual geniuses but can actually only be made and successfully applied when they have been sanctioned by the sociohistorical zeitgeist.

»The book helps to fill a gap in the literature concerning correlations between artists and investors and the ideas, technology, and socioeconomic circumstances that connect them. The influence of military and political circumstance on technology and artistic expression is of note in the case studies.«