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A brief history of fractal aesthetics

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OOEW05 - Space, Scale and Scaling in Art

It has been 25 years since the fractal nature of Jackson Pollock’s was uncovered. These paintings were subsequently shown to contain even richer structure characterized by a spectrum of multifractal dimensions, both in the physical paint deposits as well as in contrasts detected by visual processing. Further studies showed that the multifractal analysis could yield detailed information about artist motion and technique, pattern uniformity and complexity, and multiscale substructure. This talk will provide a review of “fractal aesthetics”, detailing a variety of applications to artwork classification and potential artist authentication. New directions in fractal aesthetics currently being investigated will also be introduced. Lastly, as a theoretical physicist I offer some novel insight from my home corner of physics, and propose several connections to the fundamental nature of gravitation.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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