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Artistic forms and complexity.
Nonlinear Dynamics Psychol Life Sci. 2011 Apr; 15(2):265-83.ND

Abstract

We discuss the inter-relationship between various concepts of complexity by introducing a complexity 'triangle' featuring objective complexity, subjective complexity and social complexity. Their connections are explored using visual and musical compositions of art. As examples, we quantify the complexity embedded within the paintings of the Jackson Pollock and the musical works of Johann Sebastian Bach. We discuss the challenges inherent in comparisons of the spatial patterns created by Pollock and the sonic patterns created by Bach, including the differing roles that time plays in these investigations. Our results draw attention to some common intriguing characteristics suggesting 'universality' and conjecturing that the fractal nature of art might have an intrinsic value of more general significance.

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Université, Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21382264

Citation

Boon, J-P, et al. "Artistic Forms and Complexity." Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, vol. 15, no. 2, 2011, pp. 265-83.
Boon JP, Casti J, Taylor RP. Artistic forms and complexity. Nonlinear Dynamics Psychol Life Sci. 2011;15(2):265-83.
Boon, J. P., Casti, J., & Taylor, R. P. (2011). Artistic forms and complexity. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 15(2), 265-83.
Boon JP, Casti J, Taylor RP. Artistic Forms and Complexity. Nonlinear Dynamics Psychol Life Sci. 2011;15(2):265-83. PubMed PMID: 21382264.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Artistic forms and complexity. AU - Boon,J-P, AU - Casti,J, AU - Taylor,R P, PY - 2011/3/9/entrez PY - 2011/3/9/pubmed PY - 2011/6/22/medline SP - 265 EP - 83 JF - Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences JO - Nonlinear Dynamics Psychol Life Sci VL - 15 IS - 2 N2 - We discuss the inter-relationship between various concepts of complexity by introducing a complexity 'triangle' featuring objective complexity, subjective complexity and social complexity. Their connections are explored using visual and musical compositions of art. As examples, we quantify the complexity embedded within the paintings of the Jackson Pollock and the musical works of Johann Sebastian Bach. We discuss the challenges inherent in comparisons of the spatial patterns created by Pollock and the sonic patterns created by Bach, including the differing roles that time plays in these investigations. Our results draw attention to some common intriguing characteristics suggesting 'universality' and conjecturing that the fractal nature of art might have an intrinsic value of more general significance. SN - 1090-0578 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21382264/Artistic_forms_and_complexity_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -