Artistic creativity and external cognitive artifacts

In contrast to a strong trend in the Philosophy of Arts, Cognitive Aesthetics and Semiotics, artistic creativity is a process centered on the design and exploration of external cognitive artifacts (materials, methods, procedures, protocols, rules, mind structures, physical tools, etc). What does that mean? In terms of explanatory modeling, artistic creativity is usually associated with psychological traits, cognitive abilities, emotional dispositions, mental illnesses, neural correlates. In all these cases the main research problems are framed in an internalist framework, according to which cognition is described as the processing of mental and internal representations and in which the role of context and external tools is secondary.

ferramentasThe narrative we have developed {IRG} suggest something different — artistic creativity is described as a non-psychological process, materially and socially distributed in space-time, and strongly based on the design and use of external cognitive artifacts. This situated view of cognition doesn’t see the individual agent as the center of creative processes, but as participant in wider cognitive systems dependent on cognitive cultural ecologies. We tentatively build a theoretical frame to the phenomenon of intersemiotic translation in creative arts mainly inspired by (and based on) Distributed Cognitive Science and Peirce’s Semiotics.

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João Queiroz & Pedro Atã

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