The potential of destruction in art and science

White, N. 2017. The potential of destruction in art and science. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. 42 (1-2), pp. 214-224. doi:10.1080/03080188.2017.1297166

TitleThe potential of destruction in art and science
AuthorsWhite, N.
Abstract

Artist and researcher Neal White argues for the potential role of radical engagements in science by drawing on the work of pioneers of conceptual art; John Latham (1921–2006), Gustav Metzger (1926–) in the UK, and György Kepes (1906–2001) and Robert Smithson (1938–1973) in the US. Starting with destruction as a positive force in artistic practice, White examines the ideas developed by such artists as a conceptual framework for thinking through time, chemical process and event structures within the context of the Cold War. In further examining the social context and contemporary landscape of cultural forms servicing science in terms of the communication of ideas, or underpinning further a knowledge economy, the argument is made for renewed, radical practices to engage science on artists’ own terms, in order to create new and critically framed work of benefit to culture and society more widely.

KeywordsArt and science; destruction; John Latham; Gustav Metzger; critical practice; Cold War
JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Journal citation42 (1-2), pp. 214-224
ISSN0308-0188
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptThe potential of destruction in art and science.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03080188.2017.1297166
Publication dates
Published in print24 Jul 2017
Published24 Jul 2017

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