bloc // January 8, 2000

Technological Determinism ⁄⁄

Date: September 1998
Venue:Chapter Arts Centre
Partner: Chapter Arts Centre |
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This meeting explored the belief that society and culture are determined by technology.


There are various and often conflicting theories as to what influences technological change. Technological determinism is sometimes argued to be an autonomous entity which forces society to adapt to it. Others theories cite economic, political, or ideological forces to affect technological change. This meeting asked: Does technological determinism exist? If so what forces technological change? Does technology influence the fine arts and design?


Michael Punt | Michael Punt is a writer and artist.

John Langrish | Dean of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University

Kevin Edge | Lecturer in design history at UWIC