Artscience: Venturing beyond the Two Cultures Paradigm

By Marta del Pozo Ortea.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Back in 1959, P. Snow coined the term "two cultures" in the famous Rede Series. In it, he developed the idea that there are two groups of intellectuals, mutually misunderstood: the ones coming from the natural and technical sciences, and the ones belonging to the arts and humanities. This paradigm, which has ruled our cultural life for the last centuries, is coming to be transcended by the, so called by John Brockman, third culture: “scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives.” This movement of science towards the general public is parallel to another occurrence: science is transcending the lab and penetrating the art world, making its appearance inside of the museum walls by becoming part of installations and new artistic artifacts. The term “artscience” has been coined by David Edwards to address the artwork that is being produced at this rearticulation of the scientific and technological paradigm within an artistic context. This presentation will introduce artscience to the audience and also some of its most interesting practitioners.

Keywords: Artscience, Retroprogression. Two Cultures, Third Culture

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 8, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 385.699KB)).

Prof. Marta del Pozo Ortea

Spanish Adjunct, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University, New York City, New York, USA

Marta del Pozo Ortea (1980 Avilés, Spain) obtained a PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with her thesis Towards a Posthumanist Reenchantment: Poetry, Science and New Technologies. She has published articles on literary criticism in The International Journal of Iberian Studies, The Latin Americanist, Lucero, the journal of Spanish at Berkeley University and Quimera (Spain) amongst others. In 2009 she received an NEA award to co-translate into English Yvan Yauri's book of poems Viento de Fuego / FireWind ( Ugly Duckling Presse, New York). The Academy of Poetry of Castilla y León awarded her the accesit for her book of poetry La memoria del pez in 2008. In 2011 she was finalist for Premio Leonor de poesía with her book Gebel Musa [Reloaded]. Marta is currently conducting an MFA in creative writing at NYU, where she also teaches Spanish.