Over the last two decades, multiple initiatives of transdisciplinary collaboration across art, science, and technology have seen the light of day. Why, by whom, and under what circumstances are such initiatives promoted? What does their experimental character look like - and what can be learned, epistemologically and institutionally, from probing the multiple practices of "art/science" at work?

In answer to the questions raised, Practicing Art/Science contrasts topical positions and insightful case studies, ranging from the detailed investigation of "art at the nanoscale" to the material analysis of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and its cracked smile. In so doing, this volume brings to bear the "practice turn" in science and technology studies on the empirical investigation of multifaceted experimentation across contemporary art, science, and technology in situ. Against the background of current discourse on "artistic research," the introduction not only explains the particular relevance of the "practice turn" in STS to tackle the interdisciplinary task at hand, but offers also a timely survey of varying strands of artistic experimentation.

In bringing together ground-breaking studies from internationally renowned scholars and upcoming researchers in sociology, art theory and artistic practice, as well as history and philosophy of science, Practicing Art/Science will be essential reading for practitioners and professionals in said fields, as well as postgraduate students and representatives of higher education and research policy more broadly.



1Experimenting with “art/science”?
ByGuelfo Carbone, Priska Gisler, Philippe Sormani

part I|60 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

Engaging performative contradiction

21Introducing the rhetorics of practice and method to artist researchers
ByMick Wilson

chapter 2|11 pages

Contemporary art as a new paradigm?

An artistic revolution in light of the history of science
ByNathalie Heinich

part II|116 pages


chapter 4|21 pages

Material play and artistic renderings

81The production of essentially useless nanotechnology
ByMichael Lynch

chapter 5|24 pages

Probing the art/science binary

Notes on the experimental achievement of shared perception
ByDirk vom Lehn

chapter 6|17 pages

From heterogeneity to hybridity?

Working and living in arts-based research
ByBernhard Böhm

chapter 7|22 pages

Artworks in and as practices

The relevance of particulars
ByYaël Kreplak

chapter 8|31 pages

On the discrepancy between objects and things

An ecological approach 1
ByFernando Domínguez Rubio

part III|55 pages


chapter 9|20 pages

Re-programmed art

197Overcoming obsolescence and opening up programmed and kinetic artworks
BySerena Cangiano, Davide Fornari, Azalea Seratoni

chapter 10|20 pages

Back to the future

Bogomir Ecker’s Tropfsteinmaschine as a thought experiment in stone
ByJohanne Mohs

chapter 11|14 pages

Epistemics and aesthetics of experimentation

Towards a hybrid heuristics?
ByHans-Jörg Rheinberger