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by Agostino Di Scipio

13. Conclusion

Let me conclude by addressing again Heidegger's notion that art has a role in our relationship to technology. Indeed, that notion would be correct under the assumption - opposite to Heidegger's, though - that technology is not a metaphysical, autonomous process blind to the cultural context and external to the process and the experience of art - but, instead, a dimension within which and by which artists themselves can signify their role in the social context. This means that artists, musicians among them, can be interpreters of technology, provided that they actively participate in the knowledge domain and the hermeneutic dimensions of the tÈchne of music.

However, Heidegger's notion would be tautologic under the assumption - to which I subscribe, but opposite to Heidegger's, again - that an artist's work actually always implies a dynamical, innovative approach on technology, as only by questioning and transforming her/his own tÈchne can artists determine the strategies and methods by which they do create something. To be able to speak their language - and to speak to others - artists challenge the language and the methods by which they speak it - thereby challenging others as well.