PUBLIC DEBATE: Which contributes more to society – art or technology? (Thursday 22nd January 7pm, Croydon College)

By - Monday 19th January, 2015

#Croydon #TechCity leader Jonny Rose invites you to a lively (and free!) debate this week

Art and Technology or Art versus Technology?

Undoubtedly, art and technology stand as two of the most potent drivers of civilisation since the beginning of human history.

Yet, are they really as distinct as we seem to assume? And if they are, what is the distinction? Do we have a clear definition of each that allows us to see their separation?

For some, these two seemingly distinct disciplines are interlinked more than ever, with technology being a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art.

All over the world, people are engineering our future. The internet, digital fabrication, nanotech, biotech, self-modification, augmented reality, virtual reality, ‘the singularity’ – you name it, all of this is altering our lives and our view of the world and ourselves.

Scientists, software developers, inventors, entrepreneurs – but also musicians, visual artists, film-makers and designers – are busy creating new human experiences.

Thanks to them, not only is original art being made everywhere, but entirely new art forms are evolving as well.

A Pixel Or Digit? exhibition at the Croydon School of Art.
Photo author’s own.

Likewise, more and more artists are pushing the boundaries of art, looking outside of what’s perceived as ‘traditional’ to incorporate other aspects into their work. Art is becoming less and less static, taking up many new different shapes, from printing digitally created sculptures in 3D to holographic flash-mobs.

However, whilst the two disciplines seem to be conflating in many ways there are those who insist on demarcating between the two.

PUBLIC DEBATE: Which contributes more to society – art or technology?

On Thursday 22nd January at 7pm at Croydon College, Croydon Tech City will join together with local independent art collective Turf Projects to bring together a public debate about the role of art and technology in society and how artists and technologists can work together both within Croydon and nationally.

The debate coincides with the exhibition A Pixel Or Digit? at the Croydon School of Art which explores the movement of digital imagery.

To book a (free) ticket to Thursday’s debate at Croydon College, please go here.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He owns a lead generation company. He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Y Bachgen

    We’ve been here before! The answer to this question, like almost any other one, is cycling, music and Wales. The self-evident truths. Any other answer is clearly wrong!

    • Jonny Rose

      If the debate goes into extra-time, I’ll throw you into the mix.

  • Sean Creighton

    According to Melvin Bragg on his BBC Radio programme 2 years ago the debate
    about the two cultures has been going on for 150 years. It became the subject of
    much public debate from May 1959 as a result of a lecture Two Cultures given by
    the scientist, novelist and politician and C. P. Snow on the relationship of the
    arts and science. Later published
    as The
    Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution,
    Snow argued that the breakdown of communication between the “two cultures” of
    modern society – the sciences and the humanities – was a major hindrance to
    solving the world’s problems. In particular, he argued that the quality of
    education in the world was on the decline.

    A short version of Snow’s views are at:

    The full talk in in PDF format is at

    Bragg’s programme can be heard at