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> As to the quote included herein ... I wonder how Mr. Franke comes to
> such conclusions about the rationality of art made by/with computers.
> I wonder how computing is more rational than the chemistry of paint
> or the mathematics of perspective or the physics of bronze casting.
> I run a digital studio and have, for years, been involved in both
> scientific illustration and computer fine arts printmaking, as such I
> wonder if Mr. Franke's opinions don't do better as philosophical
> abstractions than guides for those who actually make and interact
> with visual art works. In both areas of my work many tools and
> technologies of all sorts are involved. Even so, my faith in
> personal judgements and the application of accumulated heuristic
> studio experiences to current problems taken together most often
> provides my richest source for solutions. Computers and other,
> simpler, tools still only do what I know to ask of them.
> Regards, John
> Dr. John Antoine Labadie
> Department of Art
> University of North Carolina at Pembroke
> > Lawrence A. Parker
> > Philosopher and Educational Consultant
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> > 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
> > Creativity":