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Steve Wilson, San Francisco State University

Liberating the Lab: Art in a Techno-Scienific Era




September 30, 2002; 6 Minutes; Video


Why should scientific research and technological innovations belong only to technicians? Research is at the white hot center of cultural foment. It is affecting everything from the gizmos of everyday life to basic philosophical notions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human. Stephen Wilson challenges the conventions that push Art to the edge of culture. He believe Art can occupy an independent zone of research, undertaking investigations ignored or discredited by commercial interests and academic science. The talk presents examples including Wilson's own artworks in areas such as GPS, body sensing, telepresence, and AI. It will also highlight new areas of technology and scientific inquiry that call out for artist attention. The presentation will draw from material from Wilson's recently released book, Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology. (MIT Press, 2001), a comprehensive survey of artists, theorists, and researchers working in technical fields.