Monday, May 2, 2011

[Yasmin_discussions] arts and sciences: re-drawing boundaries


thanks jeremy for getting the discussion going

one of the factors that is transforming mapping in general
is the big data revolution with lage new databases
of all kinds becoming available via on line sytems

one example of art projects is in the LEA gallery you
have curated is

'The Southern Ocean Studıes' by Baıly, Corby & Mackenzıe.

Collage produced from multiple data outputs from Envisat radar
imagery showing the distribution and extent of sea ice in the Southern Ocean
The first three images are composites derived from Envisat satellite
data tracking
ice and ozone...

an artist who has been exploring the transformation of data
for decades is Thorbjorn Lausten$6136

He had a large exhibit at ZKM in 2008:$6136

he notes that making art from sensory data and from scientific
instruments has deep differences:

At the same time, there is a very real difference between whether
images are based on
sense data or instrumentally produced data because our sense organs
function rather
differently than instruments do, even if one cannot immediately see
the difference. It is
really a question of two essentially different modes of functioning
and it is in this interaction
– this interface – that one can say we are dealing with what has been
called instrumental
cognition, an understanding of which
will bring a great deal of new knowledge but which, just as with any
other knowledge, is
- and becomes -representation.

He cites thje work of Krzystof Pomian on " indirect cognition" and
"instrumental cognition"

"In the essay Vision and Cognition, Kryzstof Pomian gives a quick
overview of the philosophical problems connected with perception and
knowledge and thinks that 'indirect cognition' and 'instrumental
cognition' are unavoidable concepts in the contemporary context. In
Picturing Science: Producing Art, ed. Caroline A. Jones & Peter
Galison (Routledge: New York/London, 1998)."

two issues that then i think are crucial in this discussion of
re-drawing boundaries are a) the
recent new access to big data sources on our environnement, and b) the
development of indirect or
instrumental cognition over the past couple of centuries


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