Physics and the Artistic Imagination

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Physics and the Artistic Imagination

Ed. Ariane Koek, text(s) by Philip Ball, Ariane Koek, Gavin Parkinson, Carlo Rovelli, Nicola Triscott, graphic design by Maria Persson


2019. 160 pp., 30 ills.


18.00 x 25.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4508-6

Contemporary art and physics

Black holes, dark matter, gravity, time, motion—these phenomena fascinate physicists and artists alike. Both strive to discover how they shape our world. The connection between art and science is gaining increasing significance in contemporary art.

Now, the influence of physics on today’s art, design, and architecture is being more closely examined. Curated by Ariane Koek, the founder of the arts program Arts at CERN, the exhibition Entangle – Physics and the Artistic Imagination and its companion catalog present the works of fourteen contemporary artists who are inspired by physics and its investigation of natural phenomena. Besides their works, this ground-breaking publication also contains interviews with the artists and physicists who share their different ways of seeing.

Featuring interviews with and works of art by Julius von Bismarck, Julian Charrière, Sou Fujumoto, Iris van Herpen, Ryoji Ikeda, William Kentridge, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Goshka Macuga, Davide Quayola, Solveig Settemsdal, Sarah Sze, Keith Tyson, Jorinde Voigt, and Carey Young.

16.11.2018—14.04.2019, BIldmuseet Umeå

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Entangle—Physics and the Artistic Imagination is a magnificent book which unveils the improbable leaps of knowledge that define new breakthroughs and paradigms between contemporary art and particle physics. It is a masterful combination of artworks, essays and conversations, that with rigorous respect for the unknown takes us closer to the frontiers of science and art. Much more than an exhibition catalogue, this book is a thoughtful independent work that makes tangible the most abstract and ephemeral domains of knowledge.—
Andrea Bandelli, Director of Science Gallery International


Entangle—Physics and the Artistic Imagination, the catalogue of the exhibition first shown at Bildmuseet, is one of the first books to concentrate on 21st century contemporary artists and art engaging with physics. Featuring 14 leading contemporary artists with illustrations of their works and 5 leading artists and 5 physicists side by side giving their observations of phenomena, Entangle will become a crucial text for those interested in the place science, in particular physics, plays  both in contemporary art and in us all gaining a greater understanding of our place in the world.—
Kathleen Soriano, Independent curator and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Liverpool Biennial, Former Director of Exhibitions, Royal Academy of Arts

Entangle. Physics and the Artistic Imagination presents insights and ideas that were new and exciting for me, challenged my perception of the world and pushed my imagination to places i would otherwise never enter. I still fantasize about a passage in one of the essays that explained that it’s not because we haven’t seen white holes that we shouldn’t imagine their existence.—
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