[spectre] New Constellations: Art, Science and Society

Jose-Carlos Mariategui jcm at ata.org.pe
Fri Feb 17 21:50:37 CET 2006

Andreas and friends,

As you point our, perhaps scientists face great uncertainty each time they
are working prior to the construction of a fact and indeed not all sciences
could become experimental sciences.  The management on uncertainty in
scientific practice recount elements at a micro-social level, which are
usually heuristic and require much detail and local articulations, but in
comparison to artisitic practice, which use this as elements to create their
discurse, in science this are hidden.

The unfolding of scientific research develops the relation of technology and
people and the subsequent maturity of the concept of infrastructure, also
towards accepting new scientific practice models that will arise in the
future with a much more critical perspective.

A great amount of public money is invested into science, and the future of
many important issues around nature will continue to deal with it.
Scientists should reflect on the importance of being critical and open to
discussion.  It would be impossible to discuss about science and not get to
the point that has to do with power structures and, therefore, politics.
Science has always tried to be at a distance from that discussion, to be
'neutral' but, as we had seen from the examination that arise around
scientific research, there are politics around science that should be
revealed, discussed and constructed.

All the best,

on 2/17/06 9:48 AM, Andreas Broeckmann at abroeck at transmediale.de wrote:

> dear friends,
> out of curiosity: is there any evidence that the relation between art
> and science is in fact intensifying (as blurbs like these always
> suggest), and that what we see is more than a (statistically
> horizontal) decade-spanning string of incidental projects and
> cooperations? there has been talk about this intensification for at
> least 50 or even 80 years, if you take the original Bauhaus or the
> post-revolutionary Russian Avantgarde into account. but there also
> seems to be an insistence of much of art to stay away from science,
> and vice versa. luckily.
> (most of the 'gravitation' mentioned here might be coupled with a
> centrifugal force, in which case it would be interesting to
> understand who or what is keeping the two, art and science, in each
> other's orbit.)
> regards,
> -a
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>> and how they view the social implications of their work.
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