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The Immateriality of Art

Examining art that intersects with science and seeks to make visible what cannot ordinarily be seen with the naked eye,  provides thorough insight into new understandings of materiality and life. It includes an extensive overview of the history of nanoart from the work of Umberto Boccioni right up to present-day artists. The author looks specifically at art inspired by nanotechnological research made possible by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope in the 1980s, as well as the development of other instruments of nanotechnological experimentation. Nanoart is a sustained consideration of this fascinating artistic approach that challenge how we see and understand our world.

144 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents



1.            Materiality and Immateriality of Art in the Age of Nanotechnology

2.            From Seeing to Touching: From the Invisible to the Visible

3.            Nanotechnology, Vibration and Vitalism

4.            Matter, Measurement and Light

5.            Transvitalism and Nature




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