Ideas and Tools in Material Space - an extended spatial model of creativity

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Palle Dahlstedt: Ideas and Tools in Material Space - an extended spatial model of creativity. In: Dagstuhl Seminar 09291 2009: Computational Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach.



In this paper I propose a spatial framework for thinking about creative processes, both actual and computer modeled, which combines the conceptual dimensions of a work with the implications of the artistic tools we are using and the material in which the work is created. The paper is not about the novelty aspect of creativity, and not (so much) about the social and cultural aspects. It concentrates on what goes on in the mind of an artist during the birth and development of an artwork in an iterated interplay between concept and material form. It is primarily based on experience from sound, music and visual art, but I believe the ideas are applicable to many other domains, and could possibly form the basis of computational models of creativity.

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 author =	{Palle Dahlstedt},
 title =	{Ideas and Tools in Material Space - an extended spatial model of creativity},
 booktitle =	{Computational Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach},
 year = 	{2009},
 editor =	{Margaret Boden and Mark D'Inverno and Jon McCormack},
 number =	{09291},
 series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
 ISSN = 	{1862-4405},
 publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
 address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
 URL =		{, },
 annote =	{Keywords: Creativity, computational creativity, topology, spatial model}

Used References

[1] Margaret Boden. The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms. 2nd Ed., Routledge, 2004.

[2] Palle Dahlstedt. De�ning spaces of potential art: The signi�cance of representation in computer-aided creativity. In Paper presented at the Description & Creativity Conference, King's College, Cambridge, U.K., 3-5 July 2005, 2005.

[3] Palle Dahlstedt. Thoughts on creative evolution: A meta-generative approach to composition. Contemporary Music Review, 28:1:43�55, 2009.

[4] Richard L. Gregory. Mind in Science. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981.

[5] Douglas Hofstadter. Variations on a theme as the crux of creativity. Metamagical Themas. Basic Books, 1985.


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