Writer – Photographic Artist – Art Curator
Writer – Photographic Artist – Art Curator

The Practice of Art and Science

“Encounters of art and science, or, more precisely, of artists and scientists, have enjoyed rapidly growing interest and attention in recent years. The romance of art and science has a long history, albeit a mixed one. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), the artist and polymath active in the Florence of the Renaissance, still serves as the prominent example for the enormous creative potential flowing from the interactions of art and science. Since then science has been splitting up into numerous paths of ever deeper specialization, seeking knowledge within reductionist paradigms, and has largely abandoned free science in favor of research inside large organizations able to afford and maintain the ever larger and more refined instruments needed for it. Art—at the price of the mainly precarious existence of many artists—still offers more degrees of freedom, but the system of art displays its various agents like art institutions, curators, universities, galleries, critics, and the artists fighting for survival in an ever more pressurized and economy-driven environment.”

From: Andreas J. Hirsch, The Practice of Art and Science — Experiences and Lessons from the European Digital Art and Science Network, first published in: Gerfried Stocker & Andreas J. Hirsch (eds.), The Practice of Art and Science, Ars Electronica / European Digital Art and Science Network, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2017
The Practice of Art and Science

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