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"New Art/Science Affinities" Book Sprint Published By CMU's Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

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Title New Art/Science Affinities
Authors Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young)
ISBN 0977205347
Publisher Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Extent 190 pages
Retail Price $45.75
Binding Perfect-bound paperback
Publication Date October 2011
Illustrations 232 color illustrations
Trim size 8 ½ x 11 inches

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National Endowment for the Arts blog: “New Art/Science Affinities," National Endowment for the Arts blog, May 2012

Hyperallergic Art Blog: "Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery has made a significant contribution to the relationship between art, science and technology with the exhibition Intimate Science and the related book New Art/Science Affinities." Leila Nadir, "Art and Science Get Intimate," Hyperallergic, April 16, 2012

Bad At Sports: "Interview with Claire L. Evans," Bad At Sports blog, Dec. 2011

Glasstire: "Book Sprints, Hive Mind, & Slowing Down Time," - Andrea Grover, Glasstire, Dec. 2011

Pittsburgh City Paper: "Extended Interview: Claire Evans from YACHT," - Andy Mulkerin, Pittsburgh City Paper Blog, Nov. 2011

Willamette Week: "The whole idea of this book and the research that came out of it is opening up the conversation that were previously limited to different academic subcultures, making those conversations happen across disciplines so interesting work can come out of it." - Robert Ham, "YACHT's Claire Evans Helps Write Book on Current Connections Between Art and Science," Willamette Week, Nov. 2011

Exclaim! Magazine: "YACHT's Claire L. Evans Co-Creates Book About Science and Art,"- Alex Hudson, Exclaim! Magazine, Nov. 2011

Rhizome: "New Art/Science Affinities," Rhizome, Oct. 2011

Glasstire: "Hive Mind Writes Tech-Art Book in Seven Days; Andrea Grover Queen Bee," - Bill Davenport, Glasstire, Oct. 2011

Bust Magazine: "Check it! New Art/Science Affinities book," - Candice Coote, Bust Magazine, Oct. 2011

Wired: "Grover Debatty Evans Garcia and their strange accelerated booklike entity," - Bruce Sterling, Beyond the Beyond blog, Wired, Oct. 2011

Post-Luddite Institute: "I applaud the creators for this, NA/SA treats itself as an editorial primer, a barometer of a movement in art that has a multitude of sub-groups and communities but is largely disinterested in constructing a larger mythology... NA/SA could and should be a model for how art writing can be thorough, engaging and relevant, while still contemporary to the subjects it discusses," "Review | New Art/Science Affinities," Post-Luddite Institute, Oct. 2011 "New Art/Science Affinities' is out," - Regine Debatty, we-make-money-not-art blog, Oct. 2011
























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New Art/Science Affinities
is available for purchase through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website:

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190 pages, full color, 8.5x11", perfect-bound paperback

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Sample Pages


downloadProgram Art or Be Programmed: Jer Thorp
downloadSubvert! Hacker, hackerspaces, hacktivism, tinkering, jailbreaking, tactical media
downloadSubvert! Paul Vanouse
downloadArtists in White Coats and Latex Gloves
downloadInterview: Philip Ross
downloadSymbiotica/Tissue Culture & Art Project:
Victimless Leather
downloadA Subjective Timeline of Art, Science &
Technology Intersections



Contributors: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects

The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry have co-published "New Art/Science Affinities," a 190-page book on contemporary artists that was written and designed in one week by four authors (Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans and Pablo Garcia) and two designers (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young of Thumb).

"New Art/Science Affinities," which focuses on artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, was produced by a collaborative authoring process known as a "book sprint." Derived from "code sprinting," a method in which software developers gather in a single room to work intensely on an open source project for a certain period of time, the term book sprint describes the quick, collective writing of a topical book.

The book includes meditations, interviews, diagrams, letters and manifestos on maker culture, hacking, artist research, distributed creativity, and technological and speculative design. Chapters include Program Art or Be Programmed, Subvert!, Citizen Science, Artists in White Coats and Latex Gloves, The Maker Moment and The Overview Effect.

Sixty international artists and art collaboratives are featured, including Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Atelier Van Lieshout, Brandon Ballengée, Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, The Institute for Figuring, Aaron Koblin, Machine Project, Openframeworks, C.E.B. Reas, Philip Ross, Tomás Saraceno, SymbioticA, Jer Thorp, and Marius Watz.

The authors collectively wrote and designed the book during seven, 10-14 hour-days in February 2011 at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. During their sessions they held conversations with CMU faculty, staff and students from the STUDIO, Miller Gallery, College of Fine Arts, Robotics Institute, Machine Learning Department and BXA Intercollege Degree Program.

"The book sprint method was adopted in order to understand this very moment in art, science and technology hybrid practices, and to mirror the ways Internet culture and networked communication have accelerated creative collaborations, expanded methodologies, and given artists greater agency to work fluidly across disciplines," says lead author Andrea Grover.

The publication is part of Grover’s Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship at CMU's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Miller Gallery. "Intimate Science," an exhibition that will be the product of Grover's research, will take place in early 2012 at the Miller Gallery.

"New Art/Science Affinities" (2011, 8.5x11 inches, 190 pages, perfect-bound paperback, 232 full-color illustrations) is available for purchase ($45.75) through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website (


We launched our book sprint in order to produce a snapshot of this particular moment—and because we wanted to do it with immediacy, without distraction. The topic of this publication is the most recent manifestation of artists working in art, science, and technology, which we broadly define as work that adopts processes of the natural or physical sciences, “does strange things with electricity” (to borrow a phrase from Dorkbot), breaks from traditional models of art/science pairings, and was created within the last five years. We realize that art, science, and technology intersections have a tradition with much deeper roots than we have space to detail here (and that such histories have been given attention elsewhere), so we’ve provided in a timeline a brief subjective history of innovations, movements, and cultural events that have contributed to this tradition and led us to this moment. To be clear: this book is an effort to understand this very moment in art, science, and technology affinities, and the ways Internet culture and networked communication have shaped the practice.

—Andrea Grover
Project Lead, Warhol Curatorial Fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University



C.E.B. Reas / Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Jer Thorp / Marius Watz / Aaron Koblin
With comments from: Golan Levin

Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley / Sebastian Brajkovic / Julius von Bismarck / Paul Vanouse / Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev / Marco Donnarumma / Willy Sengewald (TheGreenEyl) / Boredomresearch
With comments from: Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, Johannes Grenzfurthner

Cesar Harada / HeHe / Critter / Machine Project / Center for PostNatural History / Institute for Figuring
With comments from: Cesar Harada, Fred Adams

Brandon Ballengée / Gilberto Esparza / Philip Ross / BCL / Kathy High /
Fernando Orellana / SWAMP / Agnes Meyer-Brandis /
SymbioticA and Tissue Culture & Art Project
With comments from: Phil Ross, Adam Zaretsky

Machine Project / Thomas Thwaites / Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki /
John Cohr / Free Art Technology (F.A.T.), Openframeworks,
The Graffiti Research Lab, and the Ebeling Group
With comments from: Geraldine Juarez, Mark Allen, Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Tomàs Saraceno / Dunne & Raby / Sascha Pohflepp / Bruce Sterling /
Atelier van Lieshout / etoy
With comments from: Jeff Lieberman, Sascha Pohflepp, Wendy Fok

157 Intermediary: The Scientific Evangelist
A subjective chronology of art, science, and technology
180 Bibliography
184 Contributors/Acknowledgments
185 Image Credits
188 The 200 most used words in this book
190 Colophon


Régine Debatty is a blogger, curator and critic whose work focuses on the intersection between art, science and social issues.

Claire L. Evans is a writer, science journalist, science-fiction critic, and the author of Universe, a blog addressing the intersections between science and culture. She is also an artist and musician in the band YACHT.

Andrea Grover is a curator, artist and writer. She is the founder of Aurora Picture Show, Houston, and has curated exhibitions on art, technology, and collectivity for apexart, New York, and Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. She is presently Associate Curator at Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.

Pablo R. Garcia is the founder and principal of POiNT, a collaborative and multidisciplinary research studio based in Pittsburgh. POiNT is dedicated to experiments in the spatial arts—architecture, design, and the visual and performing arts, in a variety of scales from the portable to the urban.

Thumb is a Brooklyn and Baltimore-based graphic design office that was established as a partnership between Jessica Young and Luke Bulman in 2007. Thumb is fond of fluorescent inks, microscopic art, live and immediate processes, color, Ebay, shape, very glossy paper, discs, surprises, diagrams, rainbow paper, and awkward transitions.


The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is a center for experimental and interdisciplinary arts in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Founded in 1989, the STUDIO connects artistic enterprises to academic disciplines across the Carnegie Mellon campus, to the community of Pittsburgh and beyond. The STUDIO’s mission is to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, sciences, technology, and the humanities, and impact local and global communities.

The Miller Gallery is Carnegie Mellon University’s contemporary art gallery. The Miller Gallery supports experimentation that expands the notions of art and culture, providing a forum for engaged conversations about creativity and innovation. The gallery produces exhibitions, projects, events and publications with a focus on social issues, and is free and open to the public