The phenomenon of Technology and entertainment in the 21 century
The Apple Phenomenon
For the masses, being entertained, hence making art,
is the primary interest of the technology can deliver.
What are the high technologies that you can name?
How old are these high techs?
How do they benefit your life?
Are you fed up with all the gadgets?
What is the best film that you’ve seen since
Why do you think it’s the best?
How about paintings?
With high tech at our finger tips,
would it be likely that smart machines may be as good as
or even superior to human’s creativity?
Thinking about the movies:
iRobot, A.I., Terminator
and may be a batman …
the dark knight rises
The Silence of the Lambs
OMG!!! R thy syria? Cul8r!
English as a foreign language
Dnt u sumX rekn eng lang v lngwindd? 2mny wds & ltrs? ?nt we b usng lss
time & papr? ?nt we b 4wd tnking + txt? 13yr grl frm w scot 2ndry schl sd ok.
Sh rote GCSE eng sa (abt hr smmr hols in NY) in txt spk. (NO!) Sh sd sh 4t txt
spk was "easr thn standrd eng". Sh 4t hr tcher wd b :) Hr tcher 4t it was nt so
gr8! Sh was :( & talkd 2 newspprs (but askd 2 b anon). "I cdnt bleve wot I was
! OW2TE. Sh hd NI@A wot grl was on abt. Sh 4t her pupl was
ritng in "hieroglyphics".
Source: Tuesday March 4, 2003 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,907113,00.html)
Strange as it sounds!
… we are beginning to be over
at least everyone who is incapable of
learning has taken to teaching
really our enthusiasm for education has
October 10, 1854
There are people, for instance, who have picked up the simple points I
have tried to make in this chapter, and who understand that there are
great art which have none of the obvious qualities of beauty of
expression or correct
who become so proud of
their knowledge that they
pretend to like only
those works which are
neither beautiful nor correctly drawn. They are always haunted by the
fear that they might be considered uneducated if they confess to liking a
work which seems too obviously pleasant or moving
I should like to help to open eyes, not to loosen tongues.
To talk cleverly
about art is not very difficult, because the words critics use have been
employed in so many different contexts that they have lost all precision
The Story of Art
First edition: 1950, 16th edition: 1995, last reprint 2009
Knowing art is not about impressing others,
but being able to do great art does impress
SM5308 Semester A
Wednesdays, Sept. 04
School of Creative Media
Wednesday September 4, 2013
Life and Art
Technology and Society
Arts and Technology
Life more enjoyable
Introduction: a historical perspective
Life, Art, Technology, Society, and Culture
centered media: Media for humans, Human Resolution and
Human Dimension (HRHD)
Cyberspace: the Web and Machine Intelligence
Virtual environments: How and what can be achieved
Artificial life: Making artificial beings
Social Networks and Social Media
Art and Technology interaction: new developments
Wednesdays: 7:00pm to 9:50pm
We update lecture materials at least once a
This will be one essay on a topic that you select,
which will be written in two stages:
Topics will be handed out in week 4;
It should be handed in week 9;
Comments about your essays will be returned to you;
and discuss with you in week 11.
It will be due in week 14.
Essays are prepared individually if we have less than
15 students in this class, otherwise, you
groups of no more than 3 members.
You are encouraged to discuss with
your essay topic;
You should always
the use of available
materials (code, art designs, original ideas, etc.) from
Attend the lectures on time;
Participate in class discussions;
Participate in group activities;
Actively contribute to the lecture your ideas and
We will call for presentations (talks) during the
semester, which may be done by groups
depending on the final enrollment in week 2.
living things collectively; "
the oceans are teeming with
the course of existence of an individual; the actions
and events that occur in living; "
he hoped for a new life in
he wanted to live his own life without
interference from others
the condition of living or the state of being alive;
while there's life there's hope
life depends on many
chemical and physical processes
a characteristic state or mode of living; "
the creation of beautiful or significant things; "
does not need to be innovative to be good
never any good at art
he said that architecture is the
art of wasting space beautifully
the products of human creativity; works of art
an art exhibition
a fine collection of art
a superior skill that you can learn by study and
practice and observation; "
the art of conversation
quite an art
photographs or other visual representations in a
printed publication; "
the publisher was responsible for
all the artwork in the book
the practical application of science to
commerce or industry
the discipline dealing with the art or
science of applying scientific knowledge
to practical problems; "
he had trouble
deciding which branch of engineering to
an extended social group having a distinctive
cultural and economic organization
a formal association of people with similar interests;
he joined a golf club
they formed a small lunch
men from the fraternal order will staff the
soup kitchen today
the fashionable elite
the state of being with someone; "
he missed their
he enjoyed the society of his friends
the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a
all the knowledge and values shared by a society
a particular society at a particular time and place;
early Mayan civilization
a highly developed state of perfection; having a
flawless or impeccable quality; "
they performed with
I admired the exquisite refinement of his
almost an inspiration which gives to all work that
finish which is almost art
Technology in recent history
Three important eras
(Lewis Mumford, 1934)
Eotechic era (1000
water and wood
PaleoTechnic era (1700
coal and iron
Neotechnic era (1900
electricity and alloy
We will discuss these …
The Fourth Era
Now we are in the fourth era:
Electronics and data networks.
The invention of semi
conductor devices, information theory and
cybernetics among many others during the 1940s to 1970s were
largely responsible for laying a foundation for the digital era that
we know of.
Opportunities and challenges await us….