Technology, The Arts & Society: A Dangerous "Mix"

Event Date: 

Friday, December 5, 2003 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

Stephen Pope

Stephen Travis Pope teaches in both the Music and Media Arts and Technology departments at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Pope's talk looks at how technology, culture, and the arts have been intimately intertwined for as long as there have been technology, culture, and arts. That being said, there are several aspects of modern technology and culture that have significant impacts on this relationship. This examination of the issues will be delivered in rondo form, and the presentation style of performance art. Beginning and ending with short excerpts of Dr. Pope's musical compositions, and consisting largely of quotes from deep thinkers taken out of context and "retargeted," the talk raises many questions about the role of technology in the arts (and music in particular), and the roles or art and entertainment in culture and commerce. The most important take-home message will be the quote from computer visionary Alan Kay: "The computer revolution... hasn't happened yet!" Originally recorded December 5, 2003 at UC Santa Barbara.