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In my doctoral project, I was scouting for ideas and theories from cognitive science (neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology) and metamath that could bring insights into our understanding of art and creative processes. I was studying where, in a spectrum of different kinds of experiences (jokes, magic tricks, pleasure from solving a mathematical or scientific problem), there are thrills triggered by art. All of these experiences depend on a sufficient amount of novelty. Therefore, the creators of experience triggers face the same problem: the impact of a joke, a magic trick, or an artwork tends to diminish when heard/seen repeatedly. The human brain has evolved in a way that it is able to distinguish repeating patterns, formulas, schemes, algorithms. Uncovering an algorithm causes pleasure. But once an algorithm is uncovered, it does not cause pleasure any more. To trigger an experience of the same intensity, we need a new trigger. The question of whether there could be an algorithm for art is analogous to the question of whether there could be algorithms for jokes, magic tricks, or discoveries. In the book, I also address the question of why certain types of triggers wear off more slowly than others.

hardcover, 128 pages, 22.2 × 18.4 cm

Algorithms in Art
publishers: Nakladatelství AVU / Academy of Fine Arts in Prague & CEE PhotoFund
ISBN 978-80-87108-65-9
December 2016

Algoritmy v umení
publisher: Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
ISBN 978-80-87108-04-8
December 2015