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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00086
Title
RESEARCH ARTS: THE INTERSECTION ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS A FIELD OF KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION
Author
Stella Veciana
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
PhD Fine Arts
Year
2004
Number of Pages
700
University
Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Belles Arts
Thesis Supervisor
Dr. Josep Cerdà i Ferré
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Other Supervisor(s)
Peter Weibel, Sean Golden
Language(s) of Thesis
Spanish
Department / Discipline
Fine Arts, Sculpture Department
Languages Familiar to Author
German, English, Spanish, Catalan
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Keywords
Knowledge, scientific-artistic research, performative turn, epistemology, system theory, heuristics, translation, scientific visualization, methods, models, simulation, reactivity, interactivity, data bases, archive, dynamic memory, context, social constr
Abstract: 200-400 words
In view of the fact that societies are more and more driven by processes of structural change which are increasingly conditioned by science and technology, art develops new interdisciplinary and creative strategies: we refer to the art that works with scientific methods and technological instruments. Veciana calls these upcoming fields of investigation as “research arts”. Within the context of societies, where the decision taking problems, and the solutions they call for, are based increasingly on scientifically generated and proved knowledge, my thesis raises the question about the role and field of action of art in the production, development, presentation and distribution of knowledge. New contexts require new answers. Research arts is one of those emergent fields of knowledge and action which is expected to generate important innovative impulses to science and technology. The scope of action of the research arts is expanding towards two directions: One research direction studies the reality of nature or the physical environment with the help of scientific theories or experimental settings; generates new models of representation and simulation of a hypothetic or virtual nature; rethinks the diversity of communication and action models, especially in relation to the multilocal and bidirectional intersection of Internet. This kind of research also includes redefining and expanding the activity of the interdisciplinary teamwork. The second research direction emphasizes the creation of a common field of translation and comparison between art, science and technology, i.e. in science communication, as is the case in the presentation and distribution of knowledge in a science museum. A second aim is related to the analysis of the diverse forms and functions of the social memory in the different areas of knowledge and the detection of the unknown, ignored or not considered. Both research directions are complementary and produce new accesses to the world – in particular through the cooperation of new models of experimental investigation as well as within interactive social fields and agency.