Wildcat     Sat, Sep 5, 2009  Permanent link
"But what if aesthetic appreciation was functional? – what if beauty communicates and is thus open to analytical investigation?"

There is no doubt in my mind that beauty communicates nor that it is open to analytical investigation. In fact it is highly likely that as we progress as a civilization, arts and sciences will converge into a new form of aesthetics which could potentially yield new forms of comprehension and meaning extraction.
Fascinating project you have put together, looking forward. thanks
TheLuxuryofProtest     Sun, Sep 6, 2009  Permanent link
I couldn't agree with you more. The field of computational aesthetics is making very interesting inroads with regard to understanding the basic formulation of aesthetics beauty – also to a certain degree why we find certain patterns pleasing. And this is the most interesting question - why do we as humans find certain form combinations and patterns beautiful? – and does that attraction to beauty allow us to understand the world around us?