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By Ingeborg Reichle

Is technology the recent paintings? ranging from this provocative query, paintings historian Ingeborg Reichle examines in her publication interesting responses of latest artists whilst confronted with contemporary medical and technological advances. within the final twenty years progressively more artists has left the normal creative playground to paintings as an alternative in clinical contexts corresponding to the laboratories of molecular biology, robotics, and synthetic lifestyles. New paintings types like Transgenic artwork" and "Bio-Art have emerged from the laboratory. those artwork kinds vary dramatically from conventional inventive methods that discover the traditional: they've got crossed the limits among the synthetic and the usual, and therefore galvanize passionate debates concerning the starting to be impact of technology and know-how. this primary accomplished survey offers a well-selected variety of major artistic endeavors and with over 280 color illustrations presents a wide evaluate of this new and suitable improvement in art.

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I? physics," and information th eory th at was to have far-rea chin g consequen ces-for exampl e, the terms message, information , orga nization, and organism . O ne resul t of th is transfer was th e form ation of metaphors" such as "the gene tic code," "the gene tic program ," and "the developmen tal program ," which lin ked th e powerful metaph or of th e "book of life"23 with D N A, even thoug h in th e 1940s and 1950s cybernetics and mo lecular biology were situated in very differ ent wo rlds.

Jutta Weber 2003, 242. 6. Cf. Gunther Ropohl, Technologische Aufkliirung. Beitriige zur Technikphilosophie (Fra nkfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 199 1), 184. 7. On leaving the question of meaning out of the natural sciences see Cornelia Klinger, "Der Diskurs der modernen Wissenschaften und die gesellsch aftliche Ungleichheit der Geschlechter. Eine Skizze," in Wissenschaftlichkeit und Veranttnortung. Die Wissenschaft eine Gefabr fib' die Welt? ed. Heinz Barta and Elisabeth Grabner-Niel (Vienna : WUVVerlag, 1996), I I 5.

In addition, the British scientist Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), who had worked since 1951 on optimizing x-ray crystallography and interpreting x-ray diffraction photographs of DNA in Maurice Wilkins' (1916-2004) laboratory at King's College in London, had also found indications that pointed to a regular structure of DNA. Finally, the American chemist Linus Pauling (1901-1994), who was Watson and Crick's greatest competitor in the effort to find the structure of DNA, had developed a simple helical model for proteins a few years' previously-the alpha helix.

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