Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise

Paperback | November 1, 2012

byMargaret A. Boden

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Margaret Boden presents a series of essays in which she explores the nature of creativity in a wide range of art forms. Creativity in general is the generation of novel, surprising, and valuable ideas (conceptual, theoretical, musical, literary, or visual). Boden identifies three forms ofcreativity: combinational, exploratory, and transformational. These elicit differing forms of surprise, and are defined by the different kinds of psychological process that generate the new ideas. Boden examines creativity not only in traditional fine art, but also in craftworks, and some lessorthodox approaches - namely, conceptual art and several types of computer art. Her Introduction draws out the conceptual links between the various case-studies, showing how they express a coherent view of creativity in art.

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Margaret Boden presents a series of essays in which she explores the nature of creativity in a wide range of art forms. Creativity in general is the generation of novel, surprising, and valuable ideas (conceptual, theoretical, musical, literary, or visual). Boden identifies three forms ofcreativity: combinational, exploratory, and tran...

Margaret A. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex. She is a Fellow (and past Vice-President) of the British Academy, and of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (and its British and European equivalents), and a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for se...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. Creativity in a Nutshell3. Are Autodidacts Creative?4. Crafts, Perception, and the Possibilities of the Body5. Creativity and Conceptual Art6. Personal Signatures in Art7. What is Generative Art?8. Agents and Creativity9. Autonomy, Integrity, and Computer Art10. Authenticity and Computer Art11. Aesthetics and Interactive Art12. Is Metabolism Necessary?Index

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Review from previous edition: "brimming with interesting ideas and fascinating examples, presented in a clear, lively, and engaging fashion. Boden's book is essential reading for anyone interested in creativity in art or in computer art, and it deserves to be widely read and admired." --British Journal of Aesthetics