Bridging the Gap: Art, Science, Philosophy–Modernity in Question

By Gabrielle Decamous.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In 1958, for a international conference titled Man and the Atom, physicist Werner Heisenberg argued that modern physics and its applications have overcome and renewed philosophy from Antiquity to Kant in the dispute over the formation of matter. He even asserted that the arts themselves, should consider the changes that occurred in the scientific view of nature. While few years earlier, in The Question Concerning Technology, Martin Heidegger defined the essence of modern technology as an ‘enframing,’ a limitation, when humans are challenged by themselves and nature more than the other way around, and saw in art a ‘saving power’ against this enframing of technology.
This paper will consequently consider the interaction between the three fields: modern science, philosophy and the arts, and will show how, in spite of all appearances, these fields are not as distant and autonomous as usually assumed. My argument is that they jointly participated (willingly or not) to the western project of modernity, and that it becomes necessary to reconsider this joint project in our global and contemporary context.

Keywords: Art, Science, Technology, World Order, Modernity, Phenomenology

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp.183-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.549MB).

Gabrielle Decamous

Visiting Tutor, Department of Visual Cultures, Kyushu University, London, Japan

Gabrielle Decamous is Lecturer at Kyushu University, Japan. Her research focuses on the interaction between modern science and the arts, with a special interest in nuclear and space technology. Decamous was a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is finishing her PhD. She also gave papers on the impact of advanced technology onto the arts at Cardiff and Aberdeen Universities, and at the 99th Annual College of Art Association in New York in 2011. In 2005, she has been the recipient of the International Hilla Rebay Fellowship and worked within the curatorial departments of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museums of New York, Bilbao and Venice. Decamous lectured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern art and worked for PS1 contemporary Art Center for the exhibition Greater New York 2005.


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