Technology

DEFINITION

The use of science, especially to achieve industrial, commercial, or engineering, as well as artistic results; or the particular scientific method and material used to achieve those results. "Technology" often refers to the essential qualities of a person's or society's tools, machines, or other apparatus used to achieve a mechanical end. In discussing art, technology might refer to complex machines used in the creation, exhibition, conservation, or study of art, such as potter's wheels, presses, cameras, projectors, computers, lasers, and video equipment.About technology: "When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." John Ruskin (1819-1900), British writer, art critic. Modern Painters (5 volumes, 1843-1860, epilogue, 1888). See art critic, love, and masterpiece. "If today's arts love the machine, technology and organization, if they aspire to precision and reject anything vague and dreamy, this implies an instinctive repudiation of Chaos and a longing to find the form appropriate to our times." Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943), German artist. His diary, April 1926. See chaos, order, and zeitgeist. Also see design, digital imaging, Futurism, hygrothermograph, interdisciplinary, new media, pointing machine, Rube Goldberg, scanner, science and art, video, video digitizer, videodisc, and World Wide Web (WWW).

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