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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