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

Author Palle Dahlstedt

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Palle Dahlstedt. Ideas and Tools in Material Space - an extended spatial model of creativity. In Computational Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 9291, pp. 1-14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2009)


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.
  • Creativity
  • computational creativity
  • topology
  • spatial model


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