Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Reichle talks at the 2nd FEAT-Workshop in Vienna

© Anna Dumitriu
© Anna Dumitriu
2nd FEAT-Workshop: Vienna, June 27, 2016

Knowledge in Art, Science and Technology (FEAT Future Emerging Art & Technology)

Artworks, technical artifacts, and scientific knowledge have in common that they are results of human productive power – but they are often said to differ in the intentions, which lead to their creation. While works of art may fulfill their own aims, technology addresses given objectives, science intends to create testable explanations and predictions about the universe. But these differences are far from clear and perhaps a modern invention. In Greek philosophy, the proximity of the productive powers poiesis and techné on the one hand and their underlying knowledge base – episteme – on the other are often argued to signify an original unity of art, science, and technology. Increasingly today, artists, engineers, and scientists collaborate in overcoming some of the modern borders and limitations between those fields. The current resurge in art/science collaboration is evidenced in public research programs, curated exhibitions and even sales of art galleries. Streams of art ranging from Transgenic Art to Software Art, Digital Communities or Interactive Art are not only inspired by new technology and current scientific research, but also use new knowledge and technology in the creative process and works of art. This workshop examines ways of collaboration between art and science, and in particular in the ways it influences epistemic processes. How do art/tech/science collaborations lead to new insights? Are these new collaborations equally productive for all sides? Can technologists and artists both relate to poiesis and techné as goal-oriented processes to bring forth and is epistéme rather source or result?

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