Take a look at the work of artists who are responding to the impact of science and technology on society today

Freedom (2015/2015) by Josh KlineModern Art Oxford

Defining Science & Technology

Rapid developments in science and technology are revolutionising contemporary society, fundamentally altering the way people live today, influencing every aspect of our experience, and shaping the evolution of the human species through cognitive enhancement and genetic engineering. 

The Infinity Engine (2015/2015) by Lynn Hershman LeesonModern Art Oxford

Visual technologies

One of the defining characteristics of contemporary art is its adoption of contemporary visual technologies to communicate contemporary ideas. This has been a feature of art since the modern age when technological developments led to the creation of the camera that liberated art from the burden of realism and representation to experiment with new ways of seeing the world that became Modern Art.

Contemporary Art of Today: Science & Technology (2017) by Modern Art OxfordModern Art Oxford

Freedom (2015/2015) by Josh KlineModern Art Oxford

New visual forms

Artists today continue to both mirror and incorporate new visual forms, formats and surfaces of a world transformed through science and technology, and to explore the experience and consequences of these new realities.

Hope and Change, Josh Kline, 2015/2015, From the collection of: Modern Art Oxford
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Josh Kline’s 2015 exhibition at Modern Art Oxford brought together works that employed 3D printing and facial recognition technologies to comment on surveillance, activism and social media, the state of race relations in America and the increasing militarisation of the public realm.

Rough Rides, Josh Kline, 2015/2015, From the collection of: Modern Art Oxford
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The Infinity Engine (2015/2015) by Lynn Hershman LeesonModern Art Oxford

Genetic engineering

In 2015, Lynn Hershmann Leeson created a new work at Modern Art Oxford. 'Infinity Engine' explored research and applications in the field of genetic engineering and some of the bioethical issues that surround it. 

The Infinity Engine (2015/2015) by Lynn Hershman LeesonModern Art Oxford

The Infinity Engine (2015/2015) by Lynn Hershman LeesonModern Art Oxford

Lynn Hershman Leeson talks to Achim Borchardt-Hume about her new work, 'The Infinity Engine', and 'Origin of the Species (part 2)' her exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

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