Separating art and science in a too dichotomous a fashion seems itself out of date. Building on the rhizomatic point of view (a term used by philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to describe non-hierarchical systems), we should consider art and science as dynamically linked fields, constantly infused with new tools and perceptions. I believe that it is also necessary to reconsider the system in which contemporary art forms are exhibited—to delve past traditional museum and performing-arts structures, to desegregate art spaces.
Science (comprising the exact, social, and natural sciences) consists mainly of knowledge accumulated through trial and error, often in the framework of a theory or proposed model. Although art may use scientific tools and methods, it creates its own rules and semantics in order to deal with less tangible issues, such as representation, symbolism, and aesthetics. The advance of technology—the means or the end of many scientific endeavors—is not the aim of art, whose complexity lies in the trans-reality that it proposes, rather than in the means that it uses.
There is no doubt that science influences art more than the reverse. Art may therefore appear more dependent and hierarchically less developed or advanced than science. While artists often employ scientific means or methods successfully, such is not always the case. Artists are generally more limited financially than scientists in university research labs, and such efforts may appear out-of-date or naive, leading to a belief that science has surpassed art. It is also possible for a work of art to become too centered on technology, so that it becomes void of the trans-reality it should propose.
Some new media artists (including so-called trans-architects) actually work to blur the frontiers between art and science. This uncertain terrain is definitely a place that architects could usefully explore, considering urban spaces, for example, as complex, de-centered landscapes in constant mutation.
— Pierre Larauza, Architect and Cross-Disciplinary Artist