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Can art save man from technology? A (…) philosophical analysis of media art

Project: Research project

  • Vanderbeeken, Rob (Project coordinator)
  • Op De Beeck, Hans (Co-promotor)
  • Stalpaert, Christel, Universiteit Gent, Belgium (Co-promotor)
This postdoctoral research project aims to propose a philosophical analysis of the creative and critical potential of media art. These artistic experiments using technology combine multiple meanings of the qualification ‘hybrid’: (1) They blend all manner of media, genres and art forms. (2) They confront the virtual (digital) and the real (the day-to-day and the public) (3) They are explicitly aimed at the interface between art and science (e.g. the so-called post-phenomenology), between art and politics (e.g. hacktivism), between art and design (e.g. creative industries), etc. This raises a number of questions to be dealt with: - Could playfully experimenting with new technologies not be a way to open up and democratize technology? - Does media art offer a laboratory which evokes a radically new form of research and knowledge? - To what extent does the hybrid quality of media art democratize the other artistic disciplines? - And finally, does media art ultimately offer us a unique form of cultural critique?