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      ON THE RELATIONSHIP OF COMPUTING TO THE ARTS AND CULTURE - AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE

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      CAT 2010: Ideas before their time : Connecting the past and present in computer art (CAT)

      CAT 2010: Ideas before their time : Connecting the past and present in computer art

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            Abstract

            Our increasing knowledge of human evolution and of cognitive science combine to provide new insights into the function and roles of that wide variety of skills and products which are gathered under the heading “art”. Since all homo sapiens cultures produce it, art is on a par with language and tool making as a fundamental characteristic of what it means to be human. Why do we do it? What is its survival value? Historically it seems that, about the time humans evolved language, tool making skills were diverted into decoration and symbolic representation and thereafter cultural evolution was rapid – from shell shawls to a diamond encrusted skull, from flint axes to the Large Hadron Collider in only 80000 years! Just what is the relationship of computing to the arts and culture in our modern world of externalised, accessible knowledge and rapidly evolving technologies? This paper addresses that question.

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            Conference
            February 2010
            February 2010
            : 48-54
            Affiliations
            [0001]System Simulation Ltd

            Burleigh House

            28 Tavistock Street

            London WC2E 7PB

            UK
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            10.14236/ewic/CAT2010.6
            9360fdc9-68d9-404f-b739-b22864222aab
            © George Mallen. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. CAT 2010: Ideas before their time : Connecting the past and present in computer art, London

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            CAT 2010: Ideas before their time : Connecting the past and present in computer art
            CAT
            London
            3 February 2010
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            CAT 2010: Ideas before their time : Connecting the past and present in computer art
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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