WK 4 ETHICS AND ART AND TECHNOLOGY by shiyang zheng

 

In both oaths, the term “art to medicine” which used to describe the ethic of the use of medicine is very interesting. In old oath, Hippocrates also thought the Art is ‘a system of regimen for the benefit of his patients’, and said “I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others.” Here, Hippocrates considered the Art as professional ethic, morality and responsibility as a doctor. The Art is also found in the modern version of Hippocrates Oath: I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug. In addition to the professional ethic, morality and responsibility , humanity such as sympathy and warmth is addressed in the modern version. at the same time, my understanding about the relation among the art, science and technology is brought to a new stage: ethic!

 

This new relation reminds me of the exhibition at N/S MIXER event, and how the artwork serves as criticism to the downside of modern technology. The artwork ‘Particles of Interest’, an interactive installation of multilingual meditations on nanotechnology, culture and property that creates a sonic-simulation of particle data scanning gestures and illuminated nano-scripts for Ipod nano videos. As you walk through the ‘Particles of Interest’ and approach to the white detector, different sounds would be produced, and you can hear people speaking in different language to you. Basically, the detector captures nano-scale elements beneath the skin of individuals who have unknowingly been using nano-based particle products ranging from transparent suntan lotions, a large number skin care products and a wide variety of makeup products. And it’s certainly harmful to our health! In my understanding, ‘Particles of Interest’ plays an important role in supervising the healthy use of the technology by introducing the negative effects of nano-technology to the public. And this is how art, science and technology are linked. While the development of science invents new technology, the art supervises the use of technology is ethical and appropriate.

 

The power of criticism of the art is powerful. It gives criticism in a creative way that usually impresses people. As we know, ,artists is usually considered as most creative and free-minded, is also regarded as the avant-guard thinkers of social movements. For examples: The Massacre at Chios, by Eugene Dellacroix. 

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Here he put his brush to work for the cause of liberty, eulogizing the more than 20,000 Greeks slain by the Turks during the Greek War of independence in 1822. The painting illustrates the fusion of Romanticism and nationalism so characteristic of the period.


Also: The Death of Marat, by Jacques-Louis David

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It is referring to the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, killed on the 13th of July 1793 by Charlotte Corday during the French Revolution. The work was completed and presented to the National Conventional Convention, and is generally considered to be David’s best work, a definite step towards modernity and inspiring political statement, where the beauty of art and political criticism co-exit.


These artworks are not just the artwork about beauty and asetheticity but also the delivery of message, the message about comments on social condition, humanity, morality, ethics and science and technology etc; and eventually arouse people’s dertermination to change. 

Today, in the world of capitalism, the venture of thenew medicine and medicine technology are determined by the interests of investors and profits from the market. The humnaity, morality, ethics and other variables are certainly not the main character decide and discipline the future and use of technology. Fortunatley, the indirect and direct criticism and education from the art and media re-enfore the invisible legistlatitve power on people’s behavior and activity, such as cloning technology is banned in many countries.

 

P.S. Here is a link about ‘Didactic ART’ which is a kind of art  form somewhat relates to what I talked above, about the ethic and art!

Didactic Art is an artistic philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature  and other types of art. Didactic art should not primarily “entertain” or pursue the subjective goals of the artist.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/gw7jl54j316h2k6w/ 

 

 

 

 

 

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