L'art Génératif. Complements to the book text.
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1.5. The Industrial Period
Chemistry, Electricity, Theoretical advances
1.5.1. New technological and theoretical resources
Chemistry is a powerful example and forerunner or digitization. The old Greek atomism is regenerated, supported by serious experimental science, and productive of new kinds of beings. We know better how matter is composed of fragments, and how to assemble these fragments in all sorts of useful products.
See (among many one, but these 1950's books give a good feeling of it :
< Les méthodes semi-micro dans l'analyse organo-quantitative. by R. Belcher and A.L. Gobert. Dunod 1951. It shows how do measure the proportions of different atomic components (atoms and functional groups).
< Les produits de la synthèse organique. by Jacques Lenoir. Presses Documentaires, Paris 1951. It shows the diversity of applications : pigments, perfumes, medicaments, plastics, explosives, photographic products, solvants, plastifiers, fuels, tannins, auxiliary products for fabrics and rubbers, anti-paratisic fight.
Bergson writes about Matter and Memory and about Time, but more directly oriented to art : Le rire (rather structdural approach) and various notes about Cinema, afterwards developped by Deleuze.
The rotary press and typographic machines (Linotype, Monotype) multiply the generative power of text.
1.5.4. Painting, photography, cinema