Gyorgy Kepes. Interthinking Art and Science

Gyorgy Kepes. Interthinking Art and Science
june 5th
june 5th


June 5


Gyorgy Kepes. Interthinking Art and Science


Marton Orosz





With the scientist’s brain, the poet’s heart and the painter’s eye—this was the proverb of the Hungarian-American artist, educator, and impresario György Kepes, a forgotten precursor of media art. Kepes was among the first who used the term „visual culture” as an independent research subject in a contemporary sense. As the architect of the Light Workshop at the New Bauhaus/School of Design in Chicago in 1937 and as the founder and first director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT in 1967, Kepes’s enterprise was to fill the gap between the humanities and the sciences. The powerful new tools he offered to intersee and intercommunicate knowledge on a participatory basis proved to be the foundations of a program that defined the aesthetic agency of the ecological consciousness.

Can technology save us from technology? Can the self-serving fetishes of technological innovation be used to enhance the inner richness of the individual? Can prosthetics replace the lost pageantry of nature and be the substitute for a more sustainable, better world?

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