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1/4/12 1 HA 194: Visual Technologies Prof Pat Simons 1. Introduction 2. What is “technology”? 3. Making and Meaning 4. Art and Illusion; Naturalism and Idealism Max Liebermann (1847-1935): “Each new art form is, in effect, a new technique” ( Jede neue Kunst ist letzten Endes eine neue Technik )
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1/4/12 2 Technique: A way of carrying out a particular task, esp. the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure Technology: (1) The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry eg ‘computer technology’ (2) Machinery and equipment developed from such scientific knowledge τέχνη ( techne ): craft, art Deskilling and re-skilling “fewer and fewer people know how to make the things they use, need or want; or even how these things are made. This is one of the unfortunate legacies of the Industrial Revolution … The distance between the maker and the user is growing and, with it, knowledge, understanding and appreciation are diminishing … Making is very much part of the future .. Applied thinking lies at the core of creating new knowledge of all kinds … Art should not be separated from science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” Daniel Charny, “Thinking of Making,” 2011
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1/4/12 3 Michael Rea, Prosthetic suit for Stephen Hawking With Japanese Steel , wood, 2007 David Mach, Gorilla, 2011 (steel coat hangers)
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