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Views & Reviews Exhibition Review

The emergence of art-science

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5133
  1. Sally Carter, technical editor, BMJ
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Although art inspired by medicine and science is nothing new, writes Sally Carter, this exhibition prompts discussions about pertinent issues in biomedical ethics

Don’t let the long and rather pretentious title put you off—this exhibition is an adventure. Arthur Miller, emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London and co-curator of “Art & Science: Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement,” asks if the two disciplines can combine to form a third culture. He also chairs a series of debates held in the gallery around this theme. However, regardless of whether this is a “revolutionary new art movement,” the exhibition has some interesting art done by some clever people.

The exhibition comprises pieces by 13 artists who work at the boundary of industry and nature, many making use of the latest technology, where dark and difficult ethical challenges often lie. They cover subjects from surgery and tissue engineering to photosynthesis and physics. Before you go, print out the catalogue …

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