Response to Taney and Daniel

Linda Francis/ So Taney and Daniel and all: because of your experiences, and mine although of a different generation, you can understand why I am wary of the sci-art label. In my generation as in all of them it seems, there holds sway some form of suffocatingly exclusive rhetoric.

3 Replies to “Response to Taney and Daniel”

  1. I understand your wariness completely, Linda. If it were up to me I’d say we drop the term entirely. But I suppose it does serve as a sort of shorthand for “art that engages science through any number of means, media, and materials whose intentions fall within broad spectrum of attitudes from the critical to the celebratory, ” which is, admittedly, a bit of a mouthful.

  2. Linda, I am assuming that you are referencing the possibility that Sci-art (for lack of a better term) could take over as the dogma of the day to suck the life out of some future generation of students like postmodernism did to your past students? If this is what you mean, I do not think that Sciart will do this anytime soon. In order for Sciart to become the main dogma, it would have to show more success within the art world itself, which we have not yet seen. I think Taney pointed out somewhere that the current Sciart scene is very much outside the gallery system. But if we can accept that a connection of science and art would have at some basic level the pursuit of an external truth, then I see this as an improvement over the concerns of the post-modern sort.

  3. Daniel, I am not at all thinking that Sci-art could destroy any student cohort mostly because as I have stated before, I see science as a possible subject for artists and not an all encompassing consideration. But, in thinking of that , I was writing another entry on a similar front just as I got your comment- about how science is an expression of the ethos of certain times, and that we currently as a society are being exposed to it unrelentingly by the ubiquity of computer use and the injection of science into so many of the ordinary parts of life.

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