Arts, computers, and mathematics

‘The computer is having an implosive effect upon the way we deal with a variety of problems. As an extension of man’s senses, computer technology can provide an exciting new potential for the creation of art. The frontiers of knowledge in computer research suggest a new approach to problem solving in the arts. With a computer the artist can now deal with different variables in his decision making process than with conventional methods. For example, it is possible to put into the memory of the computer a color representation of a landscape. This landscape can be simulated on a graphic console. Then with computer programs which implement mathematical functions, the artist can watch the effects of wind velocity, temperature and factors which involve the amount of daylight upon his landscape. He can also observe data which are generally unavailable such as the effects of molecular structure, weight, mass and time upon the landscape. In his decision making process, the artist can rely on non-visual cues as well as visual cues. He can modify many more parameters in the total landscape environment to create a work of art than by conventional methods.’

The PDF is also available at The Ohio State University, 2007.

Year: 1968
Place: New York, NY (USA)
Publisher: ACM
URL: (retrieved: 2011-05-05)
Edition: AFIPS '68 (Fall, part II)
On pages: 1293-1298
Format: proceeding
People referred to: Paul Klee