CULTURAL VALUE AND EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES: INSTANCES FROM MUSIC AND VISUAL ART

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Abstract

Scientific advancement is inextricably linked to cultural advancement, and historically the arts have worked hand in hand with technological change. This essay explores some of the connections that exist between science, technology, and the arts, privileging instances where technological change resulted in new forms of artistic creation. Although the role of the arts in contemporary society has ebbed in comparison to that of technology and science, the essay argues that quality, meaningfulness, and longevity are key components in how the arts can retain cultural value in today's technocentric world. It explores significant instances from the history of music and visual art as the authors make the case that the methods of science and art are both distinct yet commensurate in their ability to shape the values and ideas of contemporary society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-231
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Philosophy and Policy
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • arts and culture
  • notation
  • photography
  • technology
  • tuning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • General Social Sciences

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