Diagrams and maps: Artís role in the development of cognition
[abstract] Consider Behavioral Art (BA) not as a thing, nor as an objet díart, but as a function. If we do so, we must make a sharp distinction between the artifact passively on display, imbued with a priori meaning as matter of unfounded faith in a Platonism, labeled only synthetically by its contextualizing environment (e.g. an art gallery, mathematical equation, or grammar), on the one hand, and the active process of creative experience, whether of the artist or audience member where meaning is a cognitive assembly process, as in Constructivism, on the other. Though the mind clearly instigates this process, it fundamentally involves the coordination of gross and fine motor skills, well beyond the eye rapidly reorienting the fovea. Furthermore, these art-systems are generally facilitated by execution of formalized logical syllogisms, which implies code, further implicating computer art. Thus, an important aspect of BA is "borrowing intelligence" from a humanly organized source (e.g., a painting), applying it to computation, and re-rendering it in a humanly detectable modality. In this scheme, BA exploits our speciesí unique impulse to attach meanings to stimuli, as the embodiment of metaphorical concepts we can finally identify as mapping.