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I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford UP, 1998). A new expanded, revised, second edition of the Encyclopedia is forthcoming, and will include entries on aesthetic computing. I organized and participated in a panel discussion on information aesthetics at SIGGRAPH in 2009. And I organized a two-day symposium on aesthetic computing at UNC Charlotte in 2010 (with funding from the National Science Foundation). I also initiated a symposium on aesthetic computing and neuroaesthetics at UC Berkeley while I was a fellow at the Arts Research Center on campus. My most recent publication is A Hunger for Aesthetics: Enacting the Demands of Art (Columbia UP, 2012), which is a critique of the anti-aesthetic stance in contemporary art theory and a defense of the relevance of aesthetics to moral-political art. My earlier book, Iconoclasm in Aesthetics (Cambridge UP, 2003), is a critique of contemporary philosophical aesthetics for not addressing the particularity and historicity of art. I'm currently writing on the migration of artistic (and other forms of) agency from the individual to the collective, especially in connection with participatory art and computing. I'm also the Editor of Critique and Power: Recasting the Foucault/Habermas Debate (MIT, 1994); and Co-Editor with Daniel Herwitz of Action, Art, History: Engagement with Arthur C. Danto (Columbia UP, 2007). Formerly, I served as the Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association, and as Managing Editor of the Journal of Philosophy at Columbia University. And I've also taught philosophy at Columbia and the University of Delaware.


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Kelly, Michael (2014). Commentary on 'Aesthetic Computing' by Paul A. Fishwick

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Kelly, Michael, Vesna, Victoria, Fishwick, Paul A., Moere, Andrew Vande and Huff, Kenneth (2009): The state of aesthetic computing or info-aesthetics: curated panel discussion. In: ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Art Gallery 2009. pp. 43-.

Aesthetic computing is one of several related new fields: info-aesthetics, database aesthetics, network aesthetics, and software aesthetics. What are their similarities and differences? What are the aesthetic issues driving them, and how are they linked to technological developments? And what exactly is the role of aesthetics is this context?

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Kelly, Michael (ed.) (1998): Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, USA

The first reference of its kind surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society--from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory. Featuring 600 original articles by distinguished scholars from many fields and countries, it is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts--from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture. Of special interest are in-depth surveys of Western aesthetics and broad coverage of non-Western traditions and theories of art. The work includes cross references, bibliographies, and an index.

© All rights reserved Kelly and/or Oxford University Press, USA

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