A comparison between technical and artistic design, particularly with reference to self-statement of innovation, opens up new spaces of inquiry into technological development. It also examines that space between the primarily subjective, anecdotal, and the supposedly more objective, theoretical definition of creative or innovative design thinking and practice. Additionally, it offers means to account for singular contributions to collective enterprise. The perspective is historical and centered on the initial manufacture of a reliable gas turbine gas engine by Frank Whittle. His innovative reconfiguration of established mechanical system and scientific understanding is compared with the radical art practice of the contemporary British sculptor, Henry Moore. The level of investigation is necessarily limited but is intended to outline new strategies of comparative analysis mainly with respect to current definitions of advanced technological design. The relation of technical with aesthetic practice is framed against the assumptions underlying the traditional artistic practice of signing works “invenit”.
|Keywords:||Artistic Design, Technological Design, Technological Development|
Professor and Head, The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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