This new season of the Approaching Art course series is an introduction to the transformations experienced by the art world as a result of the blurring of the barriers between art, science, and technology. The potential of technological innovation in artistic creation, and of creativity in technology impacts directly on social development and on the way we relate to art and new disciplines.
Divided into three separate yet complementary modules, the course reviews the origins of digital art, the evolution toward a hyperconnected society, and the impact of technology on the way we live and make art. Module II focuses on new artistic disciplines and how they are transforming art creation and exhibition. Finally, the course takes a look at how the relationships between art, science, and technology are influencing not only creative processes but also audiences and exhibition spaces.
The fast-paced changes brought about by technological innovation usher us into a world characterized by uncertainty and a huge potential, forcing cultural agents to find balance between the real and the virtual world.
Module I: Background: How did we get here?
November 11: Technology in art through the moving image
November 25: From the Society of Knowledge to the Hyperconnected Society
December 16: The software revolution: Media, algorithms, and hybridization
February 3: Technology and innovation: Toward Culture 4.0
Module II: Art, science, and technology: Disciplines for a paradigm shift
February 17: Science and art: BioArt and artificial life
March 3: Wearables and interaction
March 17: Big data and artificial intelligence
March 31: Immersive and virtual art
Module III: From ephemeral to eternal: The impact on artists, audiences, and museums
April 28: Artists, creators, scientists, and engineers
May 12: The role of the viewer: active and interactive audiences
May 26: Museums: Adapting and transforming exhibition models
June 9: The future: The Earth, space, and metaverse