Art, Technology and Nature: Renaissance to Postmodernity

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Since 1900, the connections between art and technology with nature have
become increasingly inextricable. Through a selection of innovative readings
by international scholars, this book presents the first investigation of the
intersections between art, technology and nature in post-medieval times.
Transdisciplinary in approach, this volume’s 14 essays explore art, technology
and nature’s shifting constellations that are discernible at the micro level and
as part of a larger chronological pattern. Included are subjects ranging from
Renaissance wooden dolls, science in the Italian art academies, and artisanal
epistemologies in the followers of Leonardo, to Surrealism and its precursors
in Mannerist grotesques and the Wunderkammer, eighteenth-century plant
printing, the climate and its artistic presentations from Constable to Olafur
Eliasson, and the hermeneutics of bioart.
In their comprehensive introduction, editors Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam and
Jacob Wamberg trace the Kantian heritage of radically separating art and
technology, and inserting both at a distance to nature, suggesting this was
a transient chapter in history. Thus, they argue, the present renegotiation
between art, technology and nature is reminiscent of the ancient and medieval
periods, in which art and technology were categorized as aspects of a common
area of cultivated products and their methods (the Latin ars, the Greek techné),
an area moreover supposed to imitate the creative forces of nature.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationFarnham, Surrey, England, Burlington, VT
Number of pages302
ISBN (Print)9781472411723
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesScience and the Arts since 1750

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