tagged: Art and Science

Science Does Not Equal Freedom: The Dangers of Celebrating a Techno-Utopia

by Josie Thaddeus-Johns
What is freedom? This is what the current exhibition, , at Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art, (MAMbo) attempts to answer through the lenses of art and science. The idea is to present science that has “freed” us from the trials of a pre-modern society, while showing that art continues to comment on and complicate the human relationship to freedom. Works from Ryan Trecartin, Vanessa Beecroft, and Bob and Roberta Smith all stand alongside vitrines with examples of technology that appear to have... [more]
Posted by Josie Thaddeus-Johns on 11/10/15

That Algorithm Is Biting My Style: Imitating the Masters, Artificial Intelligence Divides Style from Content

by Ben M. Harvey
An artist’s visual style is a tenuous thing. By looking at tendencies for particular colors, shapes, and patterns of brush strokes, an experienced viewer can immediately identify an unfamiliar Van Gogh or Cezanne—regardless of subject matter. But what distinguishes an artist’s visual style from the content they represent in a particular work? Scientists working in artificial intelligence are figuring that out. In a recent paper, Leon Gatys and colleagues in Tübingen, Germany, attempt to answer... [more]
Posted by Ben M. Harvey on 9/6/15

Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Kelly Jazvac

by Gillian Dykeman
Welcome to the fifth installation of the Artslant podcast series, . My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?"    Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Five | Kelly Jazvac: Spoiler Alert Variable considerations for variable audiences (2:30) Presenting art to... [more]
Posted by Gillian Dykeman on 7/10/15

You Can’t Ape It: Art Outsiders Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Finger Paintings

by Max Nesterak
Anyone who’s stood before one of Cy Twombly’s gigantic scribbles or Jackson Pollock’s chaotic drip paintings knows it doesn’t take an expert to be a critic. One of the most common critiques, “my kid could have done that," is a claim that’s inspired books and editorials and more than a few threatening tweets from art aficionados defending the genius of abstract expressionism against the harsh judgements of the unconvinced. Despite some of their scoffing, new psychology research published this... [more]
Posted by Max Nesterak on 4/17/15

Sarah and Joseph Belknap Translate the Solar System for Earthlings

by Caroline Picard
. —Johannes Kepler   Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of Planetoids, a solo exhibition at the Franklin Gallery where artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap carefully intersect uncanny and everyday bodies. In this and... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 12/8/14