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Aesthetics, Artificial Intelligence, and Search-based Art

Johnson, Colin G. (2021) Aesthetics, Artificial Intelligence, and Search-based Art. In: Machado, Penousal and Romero, Juan and Greenfield, Gary, eds. Artificial Intelligence and the Arts: Computational Creativity, Artistic Behavior, and Tools for Creatives. Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems . Springer, Cham, pp. 27-60. ISBN 978-3-030-59474-9. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59475-6_2) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76668)

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Why do people exhibit particular behaviour towards a class of objects called artworks? That is the topic of study in aesthetics. This paper explores how various theories of aesthetics can be interpreted in the context of artworks generated by artificial intelligence systems, in particular those that are grounded in the idea of search as a means of implementing intelligence computationally. A number of aesthetic theories are explored, including ideas of imitation, skill, form, expression, imagination, and focus. The paper concludes by highlighting a number of areas that, in light of these considerations, have been neglected by the makers of computer art systems and which provide future opportunities in this area.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-59475-6_2
Uncontrolled keywords: Artificial intelligence, computational creativity, computational arts, visual arts
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Colin Johnson
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 16:13 UTC
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 11:10 UTC
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