Dynamics of artistic style: a computational analysis of the Maker’s motoric qualities in a clay-relief practice

Nir Dick, Ayala Prusak, Amit Raphael Zoran*

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The artistic style has been extensively discussed within diverse perspectives, usually studying the physical qualities of existing artifacts as the resource for investigation. This paper proposes a novel analysis of the dynamics of artistic style, as represented by a set of motor features, techniques, and their temporal interplay. The researchers hypothesize that unique characteristics of individuals’ styles are represented as transitions between motor activities, which would allow for computational analysis of style. As a case study, the researchers tracked a carving knife used in a clay-relief technique in two studies, one comprising (i) twelve sessions and five novice participants; and the other (ii) twenty-eight sessions with a single skilled artist. The analysis reveals that dynamic style is (i) unique and consistent in novices’ creative processes and that (ii) different subcategories of making can be observed in an experienced participant related to the subject of the work. These offer the possibility of quantitatively studying the making process irrespective of the esthetic qualities of the finished artifact, which allows for diverse computational applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number160
JournalHumanities and Social Sciences Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank all the participants in our experiments, with special regards to D.K. Gueller; all the participants in the study; members of the Hybrid Lab; Prof. R. Fattal; Prof. A. Wiesel; Prof. L. Grosman; and Dr. M. Gavish for their advice and support. Special thanks to Dr. K. Goltseker for the helpful scientific comments during different stages of this work. This work could not have been finalized without the help of R. Rosner Kontorovich and C. Evers, and we are grateful to them for putting so much effort into editing this document. The work was partially supported by the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) in its early stage and mainly supported by The HUJI Federmann Cyber Security Center.

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