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Is it art or craft?
We didn't succeed in figuring this topic out until now. You must approach glass technically. It isn't a material you learnt to work with at school. But if these technical skills stand in the way of the art percentage isn't completely clear. When we look at contemparary art it often looks likes scrap, straight from the dustbin. Glass has the peculiar property of looking always brilliant. Since art has for more than 100 years now nothing to do with beauty, we can pose the question 'Does beauty stands in the way of an object being art?'.
Is it art or design?
Is it art or technology?
Although video and installation art are very contemporary, it isn't the technological difficulty that's the art. Technogy facilitates this kind of work. The fact that our society is dominated by the omnipresence of video and imaging, stimulates to examine this media. The same goes up for glass. We live in a (glass) screen world, in cities built of glass blocks, in a culture which demands more and more transparancy, delivered through the lenses of cameras. So glass has in it's different forms (windows, screens, glass fiber, lenses, ...) a strong arm in the constellation of the contemporary.
Is it art or light.
It is not that if an artwork can be used as lighting device, it becomes a lighting device. It is not because you put a painting on the wall it becomes decorative wallpaper. Several objects can be installed as lamps, but hey aren't designed that way. It's the intrinsic relation between glass and light that drives our decision to add light.