HUMANITIES, ART AND SCIENCE IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERACTIVE SONIC SYSTEMS – SOME CONSIDERATIONS ON A CUMBERSOME RELATIONSHIP

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Conference Paper

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SMC Conference 2011 (2011)

Abstract:

The theme of this conference, “creativity rethinks science” involves a radical epistemological challenge with respect to a classical view of science and it is an extremely hot topic of speculation within the scientific community, at least for what concerns computer sciences. In this paper, we propose some considerations about the role that artistic research could have within science, where science is meant in the wide sense of knowledge, including, thus, humanities as a one of the partners together with natural sciences. After a more general discussion focused mainly on the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), we will restrict the scope to the case of sound art involving new technologies and sound design for Human Computer Interaction (HCI), namely Sonic Interaction Design (SID). In our discussion, the concepts of design have a particular relevance, since they provide a connection between fields traditionally far away one from the other such as natural sciences, art, engineering and humanities. In the last part of the paper, we provide some examples about what we mean by doing artistic research guided by a design practice. We envisage this as one of the possible ways to make a dialogue between artistic research and scientific research more feasible at a methodological level.

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