Symposium Molecular Aesthetics at the ZKM|Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, July 15. – July 17, 2011
Peter Weibel and Ljiljana Fruk (eds.)
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT, 2013. - Hardcover: 480 pp. : 370 colored illus., 160 b&w illus., text engl.
Thanks to recent advances in molecular science and nanotechnology, we are now able to transcend the limits of natural perception and see layers of matter previously invisible to the naked eye. This book documents both the aesthetic and cognitive developments in what Félix Guattari once coined the Molecular Revolution (1977). Yet for the first time in this volume, artists and scientists jointly explore previously unseen and unknown empirical and theoretical objects. The book suggests ways in which art and science can draw inspiration from one another.
Edited by Peter Weibel (ZKM | Karlsruhe) and Ljiljana Fruk (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT), the book includes contributions by Eric Alliez, Thierry Delatour, Eric Francoeur, Ljiljana Fruk, Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981), Harold Kroto (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996), Pierre Laszlo, Leonard F. Lindoy, Robert E. Mulvey, Robert Root-Bernstein, Hermann J. Roth, Joachim Schummer, Tami I. Spector, Chris Toumey, and Peter Weibel, as well as artistic statements by Drew Berry, Buckminster Fuller, Critical Art Ensemble, Joe Davis, Irving Geis, David S. Goodsell, Seiko Mikami, Steve Miller, Christopher Puzio, Peter Sedgley, Conrad Shawcross, Kenneth Snelson, Paul Vanouse, Victoria Vesna, and others.