Science and the visual arts

A new exhibition will open at The Centraal Museum in Utrecht this weekend. Genesis examines the parallels between art and science, and will be inaugurated with a lecture by none other than Bruno Latour.

Here’s a snippet from the announcement on the museum website:

The end of the information age: biorobots, clones and wet sculptures
The information metaphor reduces life to a sequence of abstract signs and denies the importance of a context. Life seems to be based on a single principle: the genetic code. Philosophers call this limited perspective ‘reductionism’. For many critics this reductionism is typical of the sciences. But as Genesis shows, this reductionism has also infiltrated our perspective on life, in the visual arts as well as science. Thus it is not science in itself that is reductionist, but the significance that is attached to ‘information’. How are the arts and sciences to escape the ‘information age’?

I’m not sure I can follow the logic of this passage, but its thematics interest me. What’s more, the website mysteriously announces that “during Genesis chickens will roam the museum”… I am definitely going.

Images from the Centraal Museum website

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2 thoughts on “Science and the visual arts

  1. Thanks for leaving such a kind note, it was quite a surprise to find your name among the comments! I really enjoyed the article, and also used ideas from The Body Emblazoned in my MA course on the early modern body — the students loved it.

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