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Dr. Charissa N. Terranova Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies

Charissa N. Terranova is publishing the essay, “François Morellet’s Social Feedback Loop: From Gestalt to the Cybernetic” in the catalogue for the extensive Op- and Kinetic Art exhibition Vertigo opening in May 2019 at the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art) in Vienna.

Terranova is also coeditor with Meredith Tromble of the Bloomsbury Publishing book series Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science, and Design. For those interested in submitting a related manuscript, please see description below and send inquiries to

 Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science and Design

Bloomsbury Publishing Book Series

Charissa N. Terranova and Meredith Tromble, Editors

Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science and Design publishes books about the history, theory and practice of art and design as they comingle with the natural sciences. The word “biotechne” brings together the Greek word bios, meaning life, the living, or citizen-life, and techne, meaning art, skill, or craft. This word names explorations into hybrid combinations of the living and nonliving, organic and artificial as they manifest between art-and-design studios, scientific laboratories, natural habitats, the museum and gallery worlds, performance spaces, medical practices, and the political realm. “Interthinking,” a neologism invented by art-and-science visionary György Kepes, describes knowledge informed by ecological, systemic, and cybernetic connections, all pivotal concepts for the Anthropocene. Interthinking identifies the active engagement between fields central to the Biotechne series. 

Biotechne welcomes art and design subjects from any time period, antiquity to the present, that speak directly to these contemporary concerns. By identifying significant intersections of art and science, and tracking rigorous paths through the transdisciplinary information jungle, Biotechne appeals to audiences of both experts and lay readers from the arts, humanities and sciences. It focuses on inventive, cross-pollinating works about the arts and humanities and their engagement with sciences such as astrobiology, astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, embryology, environmental ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, information theory, marine biology, microbiology, physics, physiology, zoology and more. Biotechne opens new creative fields of design-based function and analysis that better complement our rapidly evolving world, taking the arts and humanities into new areas of problem solving and critical commentary, while substantiating the role of aesthetic insight within the natural sciences.  


György Kepes’s Vision + Values Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art

This past October, Charissa N. Terranova led a dialogue between six internationally renowned scholars of modern and contemporary art history about artist and impresario György Kepes. Titled György Kepes’s Vision + Values Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art, the public gathering took place at the Nasher Sculpture Center. 

Kepes was a renaissance man and shapeshifter of modernism. A pioneer of new media art and heir of the Bauhaus, Kepes pushed modernist experimentalism into new realms. He incorporated science and technology as a means to rethink the avant-garde through cybernetics, both organic and mechanical. Prior to an almost thirty-year career as professor at MIT 1947-1974, he lived in North Texas, making lifelong connections here and leaving a trail of fascinating art and design projects. 

The event was supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

György Kepes’s Vision + Values Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art