Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art
“Arthur I. Miller understands the intersection of art and science better than anyone writing today. In Colliding Worlds, he brilliantly helps us expand our definitions of art and science while encouraging us to appreciate how both involve an intuitive feel for the beauty of the unseen.”
- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
“Arthur Miller’s Colliding Worlds answers the age-old question of whether art and science can find common ground with a resounding ‘yes!’. From the foundations of cubism to bacterial radios, fluorescent rabbits, and musical hyper-instruments, Miller’s easy-going, anecdotal, and wide-ranging narrative shows how artists exploit cutting-edge advances in science and technology to alter dramatically the palette of artistic invention.”
- Mark Pagel, author of Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind
“Modern discoveries reveal an extraordinary range of concepts and images—from the subnuclear world, via robots and computers, to the cosmos. These have nourished the creativity of artists. Arthur Miller has the rare intellectual range to address this theme—and that’s what he’s done in this fine book.”
- Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal
“This is a story of wonders, from the revolutionary ideas of Einstein and Picasso to nanoart and fluorescent rabbits. Both science and art propose models of the world that, when refracted through the medium of technology, can reveal amazing new vistas. Arthur Miller explores what happens when the brainwaves, objectivity, and logic of science spark off the inspiration, subjectivity, and wildness of art, and vice versa. After tracing out the contacts between these spheres of endeavour, Miller goes even further, suggesting that the boundaries between them are breaking down: science is redefining contemporary art to seed a third culture.”
— Roger Highfield, director of external affairs, Science Museum, London
Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art takes readers on a wild journey to explore a new frontier.In recent decades, an exciting new art movement has emerged in which artists illuminate the latest advances in science. Some of their provocative creations—a live rabbit implanted with the fluorescent gene of a jellyfish, a gigantic glass-and-chrome sculpture of the Big Bang itself—can be seen in traditional art museums and magazines, while others are being made by leading designers at Pixar, Google’s Creative Lab, and the MIT Media Lab.
From the movement’s origins a century ago—when Einstein’s theory of relativity shaped the new modern art and X-rays affected fine photography—to the latest discoveries of biotechnology, cosmology, and quantum physics, find out how today’s artists and designers are producing work at the cutting edge of science.
(Publication: June 2014)