Tuesday, March 3, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: Wtrlt: Antw: artist as inventors

From: "Schmidt Barbara U." <Barbara.SCHMIDT@media.lbg.ac.at>
To: <yasmin_discussions@estia.media.uoa.gr>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2009 17:29:47 +0100
Subject: Antw: [Yasmin_discussions] artist as inventors
Dear Yasminers,

while working on the "Artists as Inventors - Inventors as
Artists" book together with Dieter Daniels I sometimes had a
feeling like walking on quicksand: Discussing "art" in relation to
"invention" strikes so many different fields of knowledge (fine
arts, design, technology, law, industry for instance) and along with
this different systems of values, practices, different concepts of
"work", "authorship", "creativity" and so forth.

Facing this plurality is important though, as the discourses of media
art on the one hand and neo liberal discourses of creativity on the
other hand enforce the opening of boundaries, the linking of different
social systems.

Thus, Simón Pérez' emphasis on the need to define the categories we
are discussing is very important. But as the comments on this pointed
out: There are not "right" and "wrong" definitions" as they
always depend on the fields of knowledge we are referring to.

What I am very much interested in, are more precise descriptions of
the concepts of "invention", "innovation", "creativity"
including the concepts of "work" and "authorship" in relation
to this different fields. Only If we know about the given differences
- even contradictions -, about the given values and interests we can
figure out about "beneficial partnerships" (Gavin Arth). As the
Yasminers represent so many different professional and cultural
backgrounds, this should be a great opportunity to achieve valuable

Very best,
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