"While art and science have been intertwined for centuries, it
looks like it's going to be a while before artists and scientists
collaborate on an equal footing... cross-fertilization between science
and the arts does not cut both ways... "Science and technology have
always had a great deal of influence on the arts, but the arts have
not had much influence on science and technology. It's disappointing,"
Wilson said. Although certain technology research centers, such
as Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, have had an artist-in-residence on their
team, few commercial organizations are willing to sponsor arts-based
research. Microsoft may have sponsored Wilson's book launch, but
Dan'l Lewin, the Microsoft executive who hosted the event, said
that the company has no immediate plans to hire artists for its
research center. "This event is really just about community support."
of Art Place and Tech Lane By Chloe Veltman*.
Wired, december 4, 2001
"Stephen Wilson in his new book, "Information Arts" takes us on
an extraordinary tour of the ever widening landscape of art practice
today. The book is not only a compendium of a great range of artists
works but an equally compelling inquiry into the very role of the
artist and the context in which art is produced... Stephen Wilson
who has worked as an artist and researcher for the past twenty years
presents his book as a resource in the reexamination of the relationship
between research and art, between science and art.... Cultural critics
need to open a space of understanding to read the sciences as a
domain proper for the arts. And the sciences need understand the
enormous value artists can bring to the sciences.... He argues the
necessity and pleasure of including techno-scientific research in
a definition of art. He has given us an invaluable book presenting
such work and an invitation to engage such dialogue."
Wilson's Information Arts Book Review By Marc Lafia*.
Rhizome, january 6, 2002.