Building Artistic Computer Colleagues with an Enactive Model of Creativity

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Nicholas Davis, Yanna Popova, Ivan Sysoev, Chih-Pin Hsiao, Dingtian Zhang and Brian Magerko: Building Artistic Computer Colleagues with an Enactive Model of Creativity. In: Computational Creativity 2014 ICCC 2014, 38-45.



This paper reports on the theory, design, and implemen- tation of an artistic computer colleague that improvises and collaborates with human users in real-time. Our system, Drawing Apprentice, is based on existing theo- ries of art, creative cognition, and collaboration synthe- sized into an enactive model of creativity. The imple- mentation details of the Drawing Apprentice are pro- vided along with early collaborative artwork created with the system. We present the enactive model of crea- tivity as a potential theoretical framework for designing creative systems involving continuous improvisational collaboration between a human and computer.

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author = {Nicholas Davis, Yanna Popova, Ivan Sysoev, Chih-Pin Hsiao, Dingtian Zhang and Brian Magerko},
title = {Building Artistic Computer Colleagues with an Enactive Model of Creativity},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computational Creativity},
series = {ICCC2014},
year = {2014},
month = {Jun},
location = {Ljubljana, Slovenia},
pages = {38-45},
url = {, },
publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
keywords = {computational, creativity},

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