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Class 1: August 26,2015 Introduction

by: Carrie Huang

Class 1: August 26,2015 Introduction ARTH 1100-001 (17048)

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Art Histories: An Introduction
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These are the notes from class one. It was a quick introduction to the topics that we will be learning this semester. What is art? What is technology?
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Date Created: 08/26/15
August 26 2015 What is art Who determines what art is What is technology Both art and technology are modern concepts In greek antiquity the word techne was used for all forms of knowledge or craft involving skills Painting and sculpture wer subdivisions of the mechanical art of construction Navigation and agriculture also were considered mechanical arts According to Mar Anne Staniszwski the understanding of the ne arts beaux arts as separate from the mechanical arts developed the 18th century and became widely accepted after 175 The word quotartquot didn39t appear in any dictionary before 1880 The word quottechnologyquot was used since the 17th century to refer to the mechanical arts which included painting sculpture and architecture In the 18th century it was used to refer to the applied sciences The rst use of the word in the US in this sense dates to 1829 The understanding of technology 5 the application of the sciences and mechanical arts for practical purposes only became popular in the 19505 Martin Heidegger quotThe Question Concerning Technologyquot Heideger identi es 2 de nitions of tech in the modern period 0 Tech is a means to an end 0 Tech is a human activity These are what he calls the instrumental and anthropological views of tech To Heidegger these de nitions are insuf cient because they rely on rigid notions of cause of effect For Heidegger technology is a way of revealing quotbringing forthquot or out of concealment into unconcealment The word quottechnologyquot steams from the Greek quotTechnikonquot that which like art belongs to techne Techne was the term used to refer to sill in crafts intellectual endeavors and the ne arts Poiesis the root of the word or poetry originally meat quotto makequot Thus for Heidegger technology is related to both art and truth Heidegger maintains that in the modern period it is essential for us to re ect on our relation to technology He proposes that signi cant re ections on technology can occur in the realm of art But this can only happen if art is open to considerations about technology Is there a difference between art and craft Are there clear boundaries between technology and art


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