Artistic creativity and external cognitive artefacts

In contrast to a strong trend in the Philosophy of Arts, Cognitive Aesthetics and Semiotics, artistic creativity is a process centred on the design and exploration of external cognitive artefacts (materials, methods, procedures, protocols, rules, mind structures, physical tools, etc). What does that mean? In terms of explanatory modelling, artistic creativity is usually associated with psychological traits, cognitive abilities, emotional dispositions, mental illnesses, and 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.

artsThe narrative we have developed in many articles 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 artefacts. This situated view of cognition does not see the individual agent as the centre of creative processes, but as participant in wider cognitive systems dependent on cognitive cultural ecologies.

See more > Queiroz, J.; Atã, P. 2019. Intersemiotic Translation, Cognitive Artefact, and Creativity. Adaptation (Oxford) 12, Issue 3, December 2019, Pages 298–314. (link) (PDF) > Aguiar, D.; Ata, P.; Queiroz, J. 2015. Intersemiotic translation and transformational creativity. Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics, 1 (2): 11-21. (link) (PDF)

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Pedro Atã & João Queiroz

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