“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. Art is the aesthetic ordering of experience to express meanings in symbolic terms, and the reordering of nature -the qualities of space and time- in new perceptual and material form. Art is an end in itself, its values are in- trinsic. Technology is the instrumental ordering of human experience within a logic of efficient means, and the direction of nature to use its powers for material gain. But art and technology are not separate realms walled off from each other. Art employs techne, but for its own ends. Techne, too, is a form of art that bridges culture and social structure, and in the process reshapes both.
This is to see technology in its essence. But one may understand it better, perhaps, by looking at the dimensions of its existence. For my present purposes, I will specify five dimensions in order to see how technology transforms both culture and social structure”.
Daniel Bell, sociologist. “FiveDimensional Technology” (1973).
*(Picture: Guggenheim museum in Bilbao).