Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology), edited by Anne Goodyear and Margaret Weitekamp, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013, 7.4 x 10.3 inches, 312 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 978-1935623137, $49.95
This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret Weitekamp also asked contributors to consider aesthetics: the scholarly consideration of sensory responses to cultural objects. When considered as aesthetic objects, how do scientific instruments or technological innovations reflect and embody culturally grounded assessments about appearance, feel, and use? And when these objects become museum artifacts, what aesthetic factors affect their exhibition? Contributors found answers in the material objects themselves. This volume reconsiders how science, technology, art, and aesthetics impact one another.