Scheda libro
Words and Images

Effetto terra

  • Edited by: Maria Perosino
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 192
  • Price: 33.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-051-1
  • Size: cm 16.5 x 24
  • Finish: Munken Lynx

Environmental emergencies, genetics, biodiversity and artificial nature: these themes are increasingly addressed and developed by artists in works that alternate investigation, protest, planning and utopia. Different issues and approaches with a common origin: the conviction that no aesthetic appraisal can be divorced from ethical responsibility with respect to scientific and technological research and knowledge of its effects on the natural and behavioural landscape that surrounds us. The scientific analysis of nature has enabled artists to enter into the dynamics of the environment we inhabit, make it their own and attain a position of greater awareness, abandoning the contemplation of nature that distinguished artistic production up to and indeed beyond the end of the 19th century. With the effectiveness and concision of contemporary visual language, artists today not only interpret problems that affect many but also tangibly present intangible scenarios otherwise known only to specialists.

The book unfolds like an exhibition made up of a series of thematic stages, visual chapters that use a broad selection of images to combine investigation of the present and prefiguration of the future. Every chapter is enriched with a short anthology of first-hand evidence and writings by key figures juxtaposed with the views of scientists, writers, ethologists and art historians.

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Maria Perosino is an art historian active in the planning of cultural initiatives with a longstanding interest in contemporary visuality and especially situations in which the art encounters other spheres of knowledge such as science, design, illustration, photography and literature. Her most recent projects include the exhibitions ‘Vaccari di Franco Vaccari’ (Lugano, Museo Cantonale d’Arte), ‘abc e altri giochi di Bruno Munari’ (Urbino, Palazzo Ducale), ‘Specchi. Scienza e coscienza allo specchio’ (Genoa, Palazzo della Borsa, joint curator with Simona Marini) and ‘Lorenzo Mattotti – La fabbrica di Pinocchio’ (Poggibonsi, Teatro Politeama).

L'intelligenza della natura — Maria Perosino

Della scienza — Vilém Flusser

1. Evoluzione Le immagini nell'evoluzione culturale — Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza

Musei di Storia Naturale

Dominique Laugé / Museo di Storia Naturale di Parigi / Karl Blossfeldt

Musei di Storia Innaturale

Joan Fontcuberta / Dario Ghibaudo / Gabriele Porta / Michele Dantini / Saverio Todaro / Claudia Losi

Animali che dipingono

Animali pittori — Danilo Mainardi


Scimmie artiste — Desmond Morris


Genetica contemporanea

Attraverso pelle, carne e ossa: arte, visualizzazione e genetica — Marina Wallace

Annie Cattrell / Chris Drury / Andrew Carnie / Saverio Todaro / Ellen K. Levy

2. Atlante contemporaneo

Coscienza, etica e ambiente — Paul R. Ehrlich

La reinvenzione della natura: Biologia e artificio

Joan Fontcuberta / Carla Mattii / Takashi Amano / Maria Grazia Rosin / Johan Maeda

Olio Contemporaneo — Antonio Pascale

Paesaggi in via di estinzione

Katinka Matson / Debora Ligorio / Tomas Saraceno / Claudia Losi

Etica ed estetica

L'occhio nel ciclone — Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

Peter Greenaway e Saskia Boddeke

Armin Linke / Lucy e Jorge Orta

Emergenza Clima

Burning Ice — David Buckland

David Buckland / Antony Gormley / Lucy e Jorge Orta

Affrontare i mutamenti climatici — Hans J. Schellnhuber