Art and Technology: An Old Tension: Anthony O'Hear

Anthony O'hear
University of Buckingham
This is not the first time the title ‘Art and Technology’ has been used, but to distinguish what I have to say from Walter Gropius's Bauhaus exhibition of 1923, I am subtitling my paper ‘an old tension’, where the architect spoke of ‘a new unity’. In a way, Gropius has been proved right; the structures of the future avoiding all romantic embellishment and whimsy, the cathedrals of socialism, the corporate planning of comprehensive Utopian designs have all gone up and some come down. We have a mass media culture also largely made possible by technology. Corporatist architecture, whether statist ‘social housing’ or freemarket inspired, films, videos, modern recording and musical techniques are all due to technological advances made mostly this century. Only in a very puritanical sense could what has happened be thought of as inevitably bringing with it enslavement. All kinds of possibilities are now open to artists and architects, which would have been imaginable a few decades ago. No one is forced to use these possibilities in any specific way.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S1358246100007335
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 39,545
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Art and Technology: An Old Tension.Anthony O'Hear - 1995 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 38:143-158.
Socially Constructed Technology.David J. Stump - 2000 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 43 (2):217 – 224.
An Ontology of Technology: Artefacts, Relations and Functions.Clive Lawson - 2008 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1):48-64.
An Ontology of Technology.Clive Lawson - 2008 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1):48-64.
No Title Available.Anthony O'hear - 1990 - Philosophy 65 (252):236-237.
No Title Available.Anthony O'hear - 1988 - Philosophy 63 (243):124-125.


Added to PP index

Total views
8 ( #740,379 of 2,325,366 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #519,117 of 2,325,366 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature