Friday, April 23, 2004

Critical lenses

Also from The Feature, David Pescovitz's State of the Artists: "Research laboratories are the avant-garde art galleries of the twenty-first century. That shouldn't come as a surprise though. Art is a lens through which engineers can raise tough questions about the science fiction that they create, and we inhabit."

I've written many times on Jonah's work, and posted on Usman Haque's Sky Ear at SpaceandCulture some time back. I very much enjoy projects like these, and certainly appreciate a critical eye turned on technology.

"I think that art recently has reasserted itself as a creative research tool," Haque says. "It is artists who are these days best able to explore the changing relationship of people to their environments, interactions between people and objects, between objects and spaces."

Um, let's not forget social and cultural researchers.

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