viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2007

Conferencia: El Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad de Madrid, 1966-1973: Un ejemplo de verdadera interacción entre arte, ciencia y tecnología". Berlín.

Os dejo en el siguiente enlace el texto de la ponencia que presenté sobre el Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad de Madrid en el Congreso “re:place 2007 International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology” que tuvo lugar en Berlín el 18 de diciembre de 2007. Su título fue: "The Computation Center at Madrid University, 1966-1973: An Example of True Interaction between Art, Science and Technology"(En español: El Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad de Madrid, 1966-1973: Un ejemplo de verdadera interacción entre arte, ciencia y tecnología").

Os dejo a continuación el abstract de la misma. Está en inglés. Sorry :-)

My paper is a contribution to the history of peripheral pioneer art & technology centers (non-located in the Anglo/American/German sphere). In 1966 Madrid University and IBM set up a ground-breaking computation center in Madrid (Spain) where an interdisciplinary team of mathematicians, physicians and technicians tried to find new fields for automatic computers, working together with professionals from different domains (architects, philosophers, linguists, artists, etc). Those scientists and experts were deeply interested in researching jointly language processes from diverse scientific and humanistic perspectives and implemented objective and systematic work methods to reach that goal. They initiated, among others, three relevant annual study workshop/seminars, where they explored together possible links and ways of collaboration between cybernetics and computer science and other disciplines as linguistics (“Mathematical Linguistics”), architecture (“Making of Arch itectural Spaces”) and visual arts (“Analysis and Automatic Generation of Art Forms”). However, their interests were not well understood at that time. In particular, this last seminar had to face multiple critiques from different sectors in Spain. On one hand, some artists argued that the use of automatic devices and scientific methods denaturalize arts and refused the idea of any interaction between computers and art. On the other hand, scientists claimed that art is not a scientific problem and therefore, to apply scientific methods to art was not serious or necessary. My paper is, then, about the history of this computation center at that time, its innovative work and research methods, its results, its role in an international context, the debates that generated about the interaction between art, science and technology at that time and its echo and influence nowadays.

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