Computational aesthetics is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, concerned with the computational assessment of beauty in domains of human creative expression which bridges science and art. As an emerging and new interdisciplinary field, the seed of today’s Computational Aesthetics can be traced as far back as 1928, when American mathematician George David Birkhoff proposed the […]Read More Computational Aesthetics: the beholder needs eyes?
Some time ago I wrote in this blog how almost a decade ago I presented my M.Phil thesis at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of San Sebastian about the relationship between skateboarding in the streets and urban development. At that time little academic literature about this research field could be found, but now thankfully […]Read More The city as a canvas.
Promoters of postgender politics think that bodies and personalities in a near future will no longer be constrained and circumscribed by gendered traits but enriched by liberty and self-expression. Internet culture has been a great catalyst for the diffusion of alternative visions of gender and sexual identities. But while today we find ourselves in perpetual […]Read More The revolution will be postgenderist…
The practice of skateboarding helps rethink the environment of the user through the opportunities found in the urban context, which in consequence helps redefine his/her life. As philosopher Daniel Dennet writes in his last book “From bacteria to Bach and back” our brains are control centers for dealing with the the affordances (opportunities and risks) of our […]Read More Embodied Cognition through Skateboarding.
“Many philosophers who are ‘interested in the mind’ as they say, nonetheless don’t value neuroscience except for it’s clinical implications. And they want to try to understand the nature of the mind quite independently of understanding anything about the nature of the brain. Which seems to me to be a very peculiar thing to do, […]Read More Understanding the nature of the Mind.
The question of to what degree algorithms are tools, as opposed to active collaborators, is a very interesting debate in which the artists can contribute interesting reflections. Fanboys of Frankfurt School of critical theory may argue -in a clear romantic stance- that modern means of artistic production and reproduction like photography and video destroyed the aesthetic, […]Read More Autonomous Artificial Artists.
“The computer takes up where psychoanalysis left off. It takes the idea of a decentered self and makes it more concrete by modeling mind as a multi- processing machine. Where the Freudian vision seemed speculative to some, literary to others, the computational model arrives with the authoritative voice of science behind it—and with the prospect […]Read More The computer takes up where psychoanalysis left off.