WORTH THINKING ABOUT: WHAT IS ART?
"The demystification of art is one of the most far-reaching effects of
the use of computers in the arts. No sooner is it recognized that the
creation of art can be formalized, programmed and subjected to mathematical
treatment, than all those secrets that used to enshroud art vanish.
Similarly with the reception of art; the description of reality in rational
terms inevitably leads away from irrational modes of thought, such as the
idea that art causes effects that cannot be described scientifically, or
that information is passed on to the public by the artist that could not be
expressed in any other way. And so art loses it function as a substitute for
faith, which it still fulfils here and there." Herbert Franke, quoted in
John D. Barrow's, "The Artful Universe: The Cosmic Source of Human