Week 1: Science > Art

                 The Art, Science, and Technology (DESMA 9) course is attempting to bring together two very different venues, that of art and the sciences.  Art is more commonly seen as a different and abstract, even odd way of viewing the world, our thoughts, and even fantasies; while science is perceived as various methods to explain the mechanical workings of the natural world and to create convenient outlets to simplify modern day living. At first glance, these two ideas seem like they can never mingle, just like oil and water. However art and science can be interchangeably related. Scientist view the world in such a way that allows them innovate technologies for the world such as medical machines, medication for the sick, and even self-help strategies that reflect their ideas. An artist perceives the world in a different manner than most people and they chose to “imitate” by painting, drawing, sculpting, designing, or writing about it. 

                Both scientists and artists are creators of imitations of nature and humanity. However, there is a big difference between a scientist and an artist. A scientist is a person who creates machinery, medicine, procedures, and even toys to either lessen the suffering of the world or to create it. A classical artist on the other hand is a person whom merely creates works of art such as paintings, drawings, or literature to portray the suffering or peace of the natural world.  Therefore because art is merely a depiction of the world it should not mix with science.  Science is the progressive work of various intellectuals whom create new technologies and innovations to integrate into the world while artist merely draw and paint them.

 Scientist have created some of the most amazing inventions of all time such as the plane, vaccinations, computers, phones, satellites, space ships, telescopes, and something as useful as an electric can opener. A classical artist has created what?

A couple of pretty paintings such as beautiful ballerinas on stage warming up, or a bunch of mismatched cubes to create a contorted face, and even a naked man sculpted from white marble.  How do thedegas_blue_dancers1se works of art help the progress of human kind? A beautiful painting did not help Dr. Chang create a surgical and outpatient procedure that “can allow most women with early-stage cancer to keep their breasts” and not have to deal with the “surgical removal of the entire breast.”  A cubist piece of work did not help Bill Gates to invent the first computer processing language and Microsoft, one of the biggest technological super powers in the world.  A white marble sculpture did not help put the Neil Armstrong on the moon, the first ever.

                Art has played a minuscule part in the progressions of humanmsoftity.  It has merely been used to express the changes of time from the renaissance to the modern age and back. The world should look to move forward and progress, and by fusing art and science together the only gain would be to intricately draw the projects and to beautify them.  Science should always be the main focus on any project because that is the way humanity will progress as time moves forward.



by Dafne Luna

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