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Global Warning Symposium 2010
Artists, Scientists and Environmental Activism

Art, Science and the Environment
From the Leonardo and LMJ Archives

Leading up to the Global Warning Symposium, we will be publishing abstracts from papers that have been published in Leonardo and LMJ over the years on art, science and the environment. Many of these papers are available for free to current Leonardo and LMJ subscribers. Papers published before 2005 are available through the JSTOR digital archive.

"Nature, Technology and Art: The Emergence of a New Relationship?" by Ursula Huws
ABSTRACT: The three-way relationship between nature, technology and the human subject has been a problematic and shifting one in the history of Western art and thought. In this article, the author begins by summarizing this history, pointing to the inadequacy of most theoretical accounts in the face of the growing interpenetration of the "natural" by the "technological" resulting from such developments as genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. The author goes on to argue that the convergence between scientific developments in the field of artificial life and the emergent art movement points to the development of a new understanding of this relationship and a new role for the artist. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 33, No. 1, 2000, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

"Touching the Sky: Artworks Using Natural Phenomena, Earth, Sky and Connections to Astronomy" by Janet Saad-Cook
ABSTRACT: In separate conversations, four artists discuss their monumental scale works involving natural phenomena. The projects of Charles Ross, Nancy Holt, James Turrell and Janet Saad-Cook are at various stages of completion, ranging from preparatory stages to works already completed. The artists speak about their own creative process and about their personal vision for their art. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 21, No. 2, 1988, and is currently available through the JSTOR digital archive.]

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