thank you all for making this discussion very interesting - I hope that more people, both among the invited respondents and among the Yasmin members, will be involved. I know that some of them are participating to the "Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science" conference, in Corfù, http://avarts.ionio.gr/ttt/
I'll go through all your posts - since May 15 until May 30 they are roughly 45! - and I'll try to make some kind of a digest on the many topics which have been raised. I'll post it later to Yasmin. Any help here is welcome :-)
My suggestion now is to get back to the original discussion topic, which is:
"Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, which can be shared and revamped through new disciplines, sciences and technologies. History and cultural heritage must go beyond the status of precious and extraordinary assets just considered in a logic of past preservation. They can be projected into the future fostering the "new", "innovation," promoting new projects and agreements, through arts, scientific disciplines and technologies. History and cultural heritage can become key elements from cultural, historical, social as well as economic viewpoints, they can act as observatories of issues which combine past, present and future, fostering new economic and professional areas."
I know that among our invited respondents and Yasmin members there are artists who have been or are working in this field, for instance the very interesting work of Katerina Karoussos in Greece. I think it would be important to know some more about what artists in the Mediterranean regions are making in connecting history to science and technology.
I am also thinking that, starting from this Yasmin discussion's topic, we could collect papers for a structured, formal and scientific publication that Yasmin could present as a survey/research on art/science issues in the Mediterranean rim. The eBook format (PDF, epub) would be perfect for this project. What do you think about? Is anybody interested in helping?
But now let's go back to the discussion again! I know it is just poor text, but despite all the right limitations you pointed out - language, structures, technology biases, and so on - it is anyway a medium which allows us to match, share and discuss different viewpoints, attitudes, activities, ideas, visions, cultures. ;-)
«If you give me a coin and I give you a coin, each of us has one coin. If you give me an idea and I give you an idea, each of us has two ideas» Silvio Ceccato (1914 - 1997).
Thank you all for participating!
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