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Are there ‘aesthetic filters’ in Aesthetic Computing?

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2010, 31(), pp.445-479
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : June 30, 2010

Jae-Joon Lee 1

1중앙대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Like as ‘creative technology’ and ‘emerging technology’, Aesthetic Computing is also one of the post-modern technologies that are newly transforming themselves through the continuous references to the others beyond some formalistic customs of science and engineering. From the aesthetic point of view tries this paper to examine critically this research phenomena that apply aesthetics into computer science and engineering. Futhermore, the paper finds some concrete converged points between aesthetics and computer science rather than interprets them in abstract aesthetic way. The digital art or new media art has generally used computer technology for its expressions(‘computing for art’), on the other hand, Aesthetic Computing insists that art, theory of art and aesthetics are applied into computing(‘art for computing’)Aesthetic Computing contains generally all of two major subjects: the computing of electronic signs(data, information) and the computing of interactivity. And it is more specifically implemented on the practical domains of information aestheticization(information visualization and auralization), software engineering, HCI, and interaction design, etc. In these fields artifacts of Aesthetic Computing are constructed by applying aesthetics into computing just on the level of designing structures. Thus its conceptual apparatus, ‘aesthetic filters’, for introducing aesthetic diversities and critical attitude into computer research fields answer for its purpose. But Aesthetic Computing has some fundamental limitations. First of all, it hopes that the cultural (or aesthetic) diversity and critical point of view can be influenced on designing structures of computing, but its hope can be frustrated by the basic obstacle of a formalism. Because the computing shares the formalistic nature with the mathematics, and the formalism, concretely, aesthetic formalism is conflict with the aesthetic diversity. At another side, digital artists, the parts of Aesthetic Computing members, expect that it will be more creative and aesthetic. On this account, it has always a potential gap between usability and aesthetic properties of its artefacts in nature. Overcoming of its limitations, Aesthetic Computing as a converging science between aesthetics and computing will exercise the more influence over our techno-culture.

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