Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
World Scientific Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-9814656856, English, 370 pages, English, Singapore
The relationship between science and art has never been univocally defined. On both sides there are different interpretations: on the artists’ side discussions surround which scientific disciplines are more suitable for artistic practice; on the scientists’ side questions about which kind of “art” could eventually be created are seemingly more relevant. Moreover, scientists perhaps look more for aesthetic qualities, while artists are more deeply engaged with processes, exploring the idea of a shared conceptual territory. That’s exactly how this anthology starts. The authors begin with a sort of minimal manifesto in their introduction: “Art is driven by process. Science aims for results.” The book is essentially a selection of papers written by artists presenting their own works with a couple of collaborative historical/theoretical texts and three interviews that explore a few further artists. Programmatically, the works have been selected through their quality of embodying “investigative practices,” and they all engage with a scientific territory of choice. Appropriately “champion” artists of those territories have been included, whose unique use of (mainly) chemistry, physics and biology is treated through specific computations and processes. Readers would probably experience this book more like an imaginary curated and expanded exhibition catalogue. All the works appropriately elucidate various art and science subdomains, creating an informative scenario that will be enjoyed by the publisher’s scientific audience.