Using grounded theory to suggest types of framing information for Computational Creativity

Alison Pease, John Charnley, Simon Colton

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    In most domains, artefacts and the creativity that went into their production is judged within a context; where a context may
    include background information on how the creator feels about their
    work, what they think it expresses, how it fits in with other work done
    within their community, and so on. In some cases, such framing in-
    formation may involve obfuscation in order to add mystery to the
    work or its creator, which can add to our perception of creativity. We
    describe a novel method for the analysis of human creativity, using
    grounded theory. We demonstrate the importance of grounded theory
    via an ethnographic study of interviews by John Tusa with contempo-
    rary artists. By exploring the type of context and background that the
    artists share, we have developed theories which highlight the impor-
    tance of areas of framing information, such as motivation, intention,
    or the processes involved in creating a work. We extend this to con-
    sider the role of mystery and obfuscation in framing, by considering
    what artists do not say versus what is explicitly revealed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the workshop "Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence"
    EditorsTarek R. Besold, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, Marco Schorlemmer, Alan Smaill
    Place of PublicationOsnabrück
    PublisherUniversity of Osnabrück, Institute of Cognitive Science
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)1610 - 5389
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
    Event1st International workshop, C3GI at ECAI 2012 - Montpellier, France
    Duration: 27 Aug 201227 Aug 2012

    Publication series

    NamePICS Publications of the Institute of Cognitive Science
    PublisherInstitute of Cognitive Science


    Workshop1st International workshop, C3GI at ECAI 2012
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