I increasingly hear of artists referring to "research" and
"experimentation" in reference to their work process (even in the
context of traditional studio practices). In doing so, they seem to be
deliberately aligning their art with academic and scientific practices
to a certain degree.
It is interesting (and has been noted elsewhere) that the idea of
"work" is so closely associated with art, as in "artwork" or "work of
art," "My work . . . ," etc.
Some years back there was a kind of critique of "project-based" work
by artists who were making site-specific art. They were asking the
questions: What did this mean to be making a project? What kind of
model was this vocabulary eluding to? Were artist becoming contracted
workers in the culture industry, etc.
On 3/18/09, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> To answer and add questions to many interesting things exchanged all along
> these weeks by the discussion on Artists as inventors.
> - Artists in a cultural industry society are in front of technological
> tools and a massive mode of production. So one the question is how to
> integrate or refuse the general conditions for the work of creation and
> invention ? How to make alive the intellectual and spiritual production into
> the standard products ?
> - Artists and scientists are involved with technology. How to articulate
> both inventions ? Is the scientific invention with technology only an
> application of scientific solutions or more (and better), it means that a
> scientific invention introduce a way of life trough new technical objects ?
> And artist's use of these technical objects would not be an application of
> the possibilities of the tools but another way of life ? How all this can
> live together ? Artists and scientists do they have to work close in order
> to imagine and invent ways of life, and so a new society ?
> - Leonardo's work included many fields, from engeenering to painting, and in
> each of ones, he tryed to invent a way to make it work : water machines, war
> objects, painting representation (perspective, proportions)… So he is
> considered as an inventor into a large scale. Some say that he had
> introduced the modern science by his way of thinking. Leonardo is a singular
> and extraordinary artist. His inventions still continue to exist. Is he the
> model for our times ?
> - Do technological innovation has to generate the need to use it for the
> artists, or aesthetic forms and representation questionning have to be
> resolved by technological inventions ? Experimentation and research seem to
> have to be an important part of work for artists and scientists. It is my
> position and I can see that also in the texts about 3D bitmap or about
> photography, or Shoffer 's work, and architect Lynn, and so on…
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