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D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Generative Influences in Art, Design, and Architecture

From Forces to Forms
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Scottish zoologist D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's visionary ideas in On Growth and Form continue to evolve a century after its publication, aligning it with current developments in art and science. Practitioners, theorists, and historians from art, science, and design reflect on his ongoing influence. Overall, the anthology links evolutionary theory to form generation in both scientific and cultural domains. It offers a close look at the ways cells, organisms, and rules become generative in fields often otherwise disconnected. United by Thompson's original exploration of how physical forces propel and shape living and nonliving forms, essays range from art, art history, and neuroscience to architecture, design, and biology. Contributors explore how translations are made from the discipline of biology to the cultural arena. They reflect on how Thompson's study relates to the current sciences of epigenesis, self-organization, biological complex systems, and the expanded evolutionary synthesis. Cross-disciplinary contributors explore the wide-ranging aesthetic ramifications of these sciences. A timeline links the history of evolutionary theory with cultural achievements, providing the reader with a valuable resource.

Author Biography

Ellen K. Levy is an independent artist and scholar in New York, USA. Charissa N. Terranova is Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, USA.
Release date NZ
March 11th, 2021
  • Edited by Charissa N. Terranova
  • Edited by Ellen K. Levy
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
15 colour and 69 bw illus
Bloomsbury Visual Arts
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