Advancing Technology, Exploring Mythology, Analyzing Symbols

By Olga Pantelidou and Ioannis C. Yessios.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The arts and architecture have long struggled to define their exact relationship with technology. New technologies challenge their established traditions and modes of thought, but at the same time expand possibilities of expression and form. Concurrently, these disciplines constantly seek to exemplify the condition of their time through metaphor, symbols, myths and narratives. This paper explores the intersection of technology and mythology within society from the context of the Arts and Architecture. In an era where technology acts as self-sustaining system, questions are raised whether it is advanced in order to create novel myths or whether there are certain needs for new symbols that warrant the growth of technology. It is argued that recent shifts in the fields of Architecture and the Arts exemplify the interplay between technology and symbolism, science and mythology. Furthermore, the paper will seek to define the rules that govern these relationships through the filter of these two fields.

Keywords: Technology, Mythology, Symbols, Architecture, Art

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 512.299KB).

Olga Pantelidou

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Thessaloniki, Greece

Olga Pantelidou is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where her studies focus on how technology affects the design of office buildings. Concurrently, she is a graduate student in Yale University's Master of Architecture II program. She already holds two master degrees, one in Information Technology, and another in Architecture and Philosophy. She has taught at the University of Thessaly, Greece, in the Department of Planning & Regional Development, and at the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in the Department of Architecture. In 2004, she participated in the 9th International Exhibition of Architecture, “Bienalle di Venezia”.

Ioannis C. Yessios

Associate Professor, Technology Integrated Media Environment, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

Ioannis C. Yessios (Yianni) is an information artist and designer. He holds Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Princeton and a Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from Ohio State University. In the past he has worked as a technical web designer and performed extensively on stage, especially as a mime. This diverse background leads to the creation of artwork that includes performance, installation, programming, video, and 3D animation. His work tends to use technology to create a discourse about how technology adopted by society affects society. He has exhibited his work in both the United States and Europe. For the past five years he has been Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches a mixture of theory and studio course in the Technology Integrated Media Environment major.

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