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Empathy in the Ergodic Experience of Computational Aesthetics

Carvalhais, Miguel; Cardoso, Pedro

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  "description": "<p>Computational artworks develop very particular relationships with their readers. Being able to encode and enact complex and contingent behaviours, a computational artwork exists in a dual state between two layers that are inextricably connected, a computational subface that is often a black box which can only be peeked at through an analogue surface, that mediates but also isolates it. But the procedural layer of the subface can be unearthed through a process of virtuosic interpretation, through which readers are able to develop some empathy with the system and arrive at a theory of the system that ultimately allows the transferring of some of the artwork&rsquo;s processes to human minds. This paper focuses on how this process is developed and how it is the basis for a unique type of aesthetic experience that leads computational media and art to involve readers in anamorphosis and in a dialectics of aporia and epiphany, that mirrors the superimposition of subface and surface, and from where narrative experiences emerge.</p>", 
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      "affiliation": "INESC TEC & Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto", 
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      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Carvalhais, Miguel"
      "affiliation": "INESC TEC", 
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      "name": "Cardoso, Pedro"
  "headline": "Empathy in the Ergodic Experience of Computational Aesthetics", 
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  "datePublished": "2018-06-25", 
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  "keywords": [
    "Computational Art", 
    "Ergodic Media", 
    "Artificial Aesthetics", 
    "Virtuosic Interpretation", 
    "Theory of the System"
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    "location": "Durban", 
    "@type": "Event", 
    "name": "ISEA 2018"
  "name": "Empathy in the Ergodic Experience of Computational Aesthetics"
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