Dear artist friend Pygoya,
thank you very much for your very interesting and stimulating mail. As
you know, my method for understanding aesthetical processes is based on
cybernetics (data processing in the brain; complex patterns need longer
to lead to succes by problem solving, especially by perception) and
evolution theory (the goal of perception and apperception is to
understand the situation - in the reality, but as an automatisme also in
pictures). The result of this searching for the meaning activizes
emotions, positive or negative. These cause the man something to do or
not to do - as part of a control system for the behaviour. From this
aspect, I go conform with all what you describe.
I want to remarque that your thoughts allows an enlargement to further,
similar questions, concerning the time of the active analytic occupation
with artworks, par example a confrontation with random influences
pictures(also by music or poetry) or with the existence of several
orders or by combination of more levels of reverence - often the level
of geometry (syntactiv) together with classes of meanings (semantic).
From my point of view, this multiple hierarchy, with all associations
beetween (information of the second order), have a big influence for the
effectivity - and so the 'quality' of art works in general.
I gave a surview about all this phenomenons in my book 'Einführung in
die kybernetische Ästhetik'. It was translated in Spanish but nobody was
interested for an English edition. Only some friends have asked me for
the rational theory of art, and so I have tryed to give an idea from
with a short introduction. You find it in the attachment.
Our good coincidence of thinking in this field is a joy for me.
Best wishes and Aloha
Prof. Dr. Herbert W. Franke
Senior Fellow of the Zuse-Institute of the Free University Berlin
Austr. 12, Puppling, D 82544 Egling
Tel. 08171 18329, Fax 08171 29594
Dr. Rodney Chang's Theory of Aesthetic Perception, 1980