In Aesthetic Computing, key scholars and practitioners from art,
design, computer science, and mathematics lay the foundations for a
discipline that applies the theory and practice of art to
computing. Aesthetic computing explores the way art and aesthetics
can play a role in different areas of computer science. One of its
goals is to modify computer science by the application of the wide
range of definitions and categories normally associated with making
art. For example, structures in computing might be represented
using the style of Gaudi or the Bauhaus school. This goes beyond
the usual definition of aesthetics in computing, which most often
refers to the formal, abstract qualities of such structures -- a
beautiful proof, or an elegant diagram. The contributors to this
book discuss the broader spectrum of aesthetics -- from abstract
qualities of symmetry and form to ideas of creative expression and
pleasure -- in the context of computer science. The assumption
behind aesthetic computing is that the field of computing will be
enriched if it embraces all of aesthetics. Human-computer
interaction will benefit -- "usability," for example, could refer
to improving a user's emotional state -- and new models of learning
will emerge. Aesthetic Computing approaches its subject from a
variety of perspectives. After defining the field and placing it in
its historical context, the book looks at art and design,
mathematics and computing, and interface and interaction.
Contributions range from essays on the art of visualization and
"the poesy of programming" to discussions of the aesthetics of
mathematics throughout history and transparency and reflectivity in
interface design.Contributors:James Alty, Olav W. Bertelsen, Jay
David Bolter, Donna Cox, Stephan Diehl, Mark d'Inverno, Michele
Emmer, Paul Fishwick, Monica Fleischmann, Ben Fry, Carsten Gorg,
Susanne Grabowski, Diane Gromala, Kenneth A. Huff, John Lee,
Frederic Fol Leymarie, Michael Leyton, Jonas Lowgren, Roger F.
Malina, Laurent Mignonneau, Frieder Nake, Ray Paton, Jane Prophet,
Aaron Quigley, Casey Reas, Christa Sommerer, Wolfgang Strauss, Noam
Tractinksy, Paul Vickers, Dror Zmiri
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