This chapter will deal with the intricate relationship between art and engineering science and technological innovation. It is claimed that contemporary engineering science and technologically innovative milieus are in need of value-driven artistic inspiration and knowledge. It is also the claim that art has moved onto an ontological level as it, in an open-ended way, meets technology and engineering environments. The chapter is divided into three distinct parts and reflects an overall constructivist way of dealing with the production of knowledge (Bijker, Hughes & Pinch 1987). First of all, we will trace the development in the modern era concerning the relationship between art, engineering, and technology. The reason should be found in the light of the fact, that art, to some extent, addresses ontological questions concerning technology. That is, if we have an understanding of how artists or groups of artists work with or look at technology, then we should be able to cope with fundamental questions concerning the development of engineering and technology. Both art and technology have been in clinch with the concept of modernity and the first part will deal with this aspect. The middle part will deal with conjectures and prejudices concerning the actual state of art within the realm of technology and engineering. These conjectures and prejudices will be related to contemporary use of technology and engineering science in the realm of art, because this implementation could give some answers to the questions raised in the chapter. The final and conclusive part of the chapter will be concerned with a fundamental question in all applied science: what is the use of it?
Engineering Science, Skills, and Bildung, 2006, p. 83-103