I know it’s not really art in the traditional sense, but couldn’t art just be expanded anything that is constructed and that brings out an emotional response or a sense of meaning, including the aesthetics of the construction itself?
Seeing as “anti-art” is now considered art, it doesn’t even have to be intended to be art to be art.
I personally find math, computer science, and engineering to be extremely beautiful, and when they are at their best, it is something of a form of art. People have to remember that math was constructed, and many things don’t have to be true. We accept complex numbers, irrational numbers, and infinities, not because they really make sense, but because they simplify many things and are chosen because they appeal to the aesthetics of the mathematician, whether it be that it makes intuitive sense, or that it simplifies patterns, or that we believe they must be true on the basis of our beautiful axiomatic systems, or whatever.
Furthermore, much of even “more traditional art” is inherently mathematical, since it appears to our sense of patterns.
Seeing as computer science is inherently tied to a beautiful application of math, including graphics, fractal patterns, algorithms, numerical computation, music, and software engineering, and the fact that code can be beautiful in itself, isn’t it amazing and beautiful that this end video game product could be formed from all these beautiful underlying structures?
Ugly programs are like ugly suspension bridges: they’re much more liable to collapse than pretty ones, because the way humans (especially engineer-humans) perceive beauty is intimately related to our ability to process and understand complexity.
-Eric S. Raymond
And that’s not even mentioning the plots (Okami) and quirkiness (katamari damacy) that really tie into human emotions and curiosity.
Form ever follows function.
And some people find that function to be the most beautiful thing in the world.
It might be something of a cop out to consider all these things art, but at the same time, as someone who finds math to be the most beautiful thing in the world, why should my field have to be left out in discussions of art? Math/Computer Science/Programming is what really appeals to my aesthetics, and it connects me to other humans in what i know to be true, so to me and other mathy people (and not necessarily to others), it’s more emotionally appealing than traditional art.