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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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