The term techné is an ancient philosophical concept that has been debated by philosophers such as Xenophon and Plato, as well as more contemporary philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Félix Guattari. In simplified terms techné concerns the art and craft of making. In particular the discussion of techné is not only concerned with what is made, but how and why it is made. The thinking of art practices [music, art, and architecture] as a kind of worldmaking refers to a techné that is seeking to explore art-concepts as expressive alternative realities through the development of self-reflexive and internally consistent art-worlds.
The book, Worldmaking as Techné: Participatory Art, Music, and Architecture, will focus on the involvement of the techné of worldmaking in participatory art practice. Such practice can be found in all areas of art, however, under scrutiny for this particular book are: interactive, generative, and prosthetic art, and architecture and music practices that depend for their vitality and development on the participation of their observers. The book editors are seeking contributions that will challenge the level of involvement and integration of the observer within the generative praxis in a technoscientific agenda.