The arts have a much more profound calling. They can become an independent zone of research — pursuing agendas ignored by commercial interests and scientific disciplines integrating critical commentary with the search for new knowledge and the elaboration of new technical possibilities. Those who believe that the arts are up to date because they pay attention to digital technology have misunderstood the course of history because the research goes on — investigating many other fields in which the arts should be proactive pioneers rather than merely consumers of the results.

Stephen Wilson (1944-2011), “Beyond the Digital: Preparing Artists to Work at the Frontiers of Technoculture” in Educating Artists for the Future: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, and Culture