Leonardo
Volume 34, Issue 2
April 2001

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

Toward a Third Culture: Being In Between

pp.
121
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Article PDF (67.46 KB)
Abstract

Artists working with technology are frequently informed and inspired by exciting scientific innovations, and often turn to contemporary philosophical interpretations of these events, which positions them in between the “two cultures,” a position that creates the potential for a “Third Culture,” as predicted by C.P. Snow himself. This emerging culture is not composed of the scientific elite as some propose, but will emerge out of triangulation of the arts, sciences and humanities. Although media artists are posed to play an important role in bridging the cultural and language gaps, this essay warns against adopting humanist interpretations of scientific work or taking for granted scientific assertions without active dialogue with both.

(artist, educator), 1300 Dickson Art Place, Department of Design/Media Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, U.S.A.

Based on a presentation given at the conference Invencão: Thinking the Next Millennium, 25–29 August 1999, São Paulo, Brazil.

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