This application is designed as a survey tool to map a variety of aesthetic expressions. With the intention of expanding your understanding of the limits and boundaries of your own aesthetic spectrum. The results are displayed within a computer generated three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate model in the form of a cube. You, the viewer, can see the difference between how you judge the aesthetic aspects of a certain expression and compare it to an international group demographic for the same expression.
By challenging the definitions of aesthetics and how we normally look at it, this mapping will help assist artists and scientists as well as non-artists and scientists to understand the nature of their personal aesthetic and how it relates to science, art and other aesthetic expressions. Once you understand how this app works then you can think outside of our examples and can map your own expressions or those of other creative people. Then eventually you can do it in your mind and not need this app.
1. Choose one of the nine aesthetic expression examples to map by clicking on one of the squares.
2. Use the slider provided on each page to answer each of the next three questions about that expression. Remember to click submit after you have made your choice.ression.
What this means is to ask yourself what is the most important aspect of this expression’s function. Does it function primarily inside the mind? (intrinsic) or does it function primarily outside the mind (extrinsic). —Or a mixture of both intrinsic and extrinsic function — Some examples of expressions that function intrinsically or inside the mind would be a spiritual poem, a painting that provides you comfort, a painting that disturbs you greatly or music that moves your spirit. Some examples of extrinsic function would be a light bulb, a toaster, and automobile, a house or a military weapon.
You will also be asked what kind of effort was needed to create this expression. What we want to map is whether the primary effort to create this expression was physical or mental. (Or a mixture of both) By physical effort we think of all the practice a musician must execute in order to perform her or his music. The physical effort a painter must endure to practice their craft in order to create their object of beauty. There are many types of expressions that take years of physical practice to achieve perfection in their craft. Then on the other hand we have mental effort that requires little to no physical practice to achieve. Examples of this would be a photograph, an engineering drawing, a mathematical treatise, a literary work, a plan or worksheet. — Any type of design would fit into the mental effort category.
Finally you will be asked Whether the expression primarily evokes emotion from directly sensing the object or from thinking about what the object points to. (Or a combination of both) When we reflect on sensing the object we realize that we get an emotional response immediately without thinking - it comes at the moment. Furthermore the aesthetic comes directly from the object itself. Some examples of this would be a landscape painting or a piece of instrumental music. On the other hand, when we examine the aesthetics of thinking we notice that we get emotion from thinking about what the object points to. The beauty is not in the physical object of the expression; the beauty resides in what the aesthetic object points to. Some examples would math equations or symbolic writing or even pondering how a machine is able to accomplish its magic.
After answering the three questions this app will reveal a rendered 3-D mapping made from your decisions. There will be a golden point plotted in the cube. While you are looking at the cube you can see the three axes that you just worked with. You will notice that the xyz grid of this cube is constructed from the aesthetic aspects of the system.
You may explore a number of demographic comparison results as well.
It is very important that you go into your browser settings and enable WebGL support or the app may not work properly. Also, you will require a device with decent graphics rendering capability. The browsers supported are IE11, Chrome (all devices), Firefox (all devices), Safari 5.1 onwards, Opera 15 onwards, Blackberry Browser 10, Opera Mobile 16.