Art in the age of technoscience : genetic engineering, by Ingeborg Reichle

By Ingeborg Reichle

Is technology the recent paintings? ranging from this provocative query, artwork historian Ingeborg Reichle examines in her e-book interesting responses of up to date artists whilst confronted with contemporary clinical and technological advances. within the final 20 years more and more artists has left the normal inventive playground to paintings as a substitute in medical contexts corresponding to the laboratories of molecular biology, robotics, and synthetic existence. New paintings varieties like Transgenic artwork" and "Bio-Art have emerged from the laboratory. those artwork types fluctuate dramatically from conventional inventive ways that discover the typical: they've got crossed the limits among the unreal and the average, and therefore impress passionate debates in regards to the turning out to be impression of technology and expertise. this primary complete survey provides a well-selected variety of major works of art and with over 280 color illustrations presents a large review of this new and suitable improvement in art.

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From his studies on th e effect of food intake and breathing on force and generation of heat, Hermann von Helmholtz derived and formulated the First Law of Thermodynamics, the mechanical 23 thermal equivalent of which he saw as a special case of energy conservation. The central idea of his writings On the Conservation ofForce (1847) was the conservation of energy: force, or energy, cannot be lost, it can only be changed from one form into another. " According to Schrodinger living systems resist the Second Law of Thermodynamics because they feed on "negative entropy;"38 that is, because of their metabolism organisms evade disorder and disintegration.

Smit, "Science, Technology and the Military. Relations in Transition," in Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, ed. Sheila]asanoff et al. (Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, 1994), 598-626. 29. Derek de Solia Price is credited as being one of the founders of scientometrics, a branch oflearning that is concerned with the quantitative features and characteristics of science which are studied by statistical mathematical methods; see Derek de Solla Price, Little Science, Big Science (New York: Columbia University Press, 1963).

35. As a result of the advancing technization of everyday life the perspective of recent technology research has also changed progressively. In this connection two approaches are of particular interest according to which technology is formed socially and which position this core idea at the very center of technology research: SST (Social Shaping of Technology) and SCOT (Social Construction of Technology). Unlike the approach of SST, SCOT also includes the aspect of the technological shaping of society.

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