inside front cover, bottom]
colour piping on the cover is not random. it was generated automatically
by an artificial intelligence art robot called the aesthetiscope,
which has read the articles in this volume and generated the cover
artwork as an expression of the aesthetic zeitgeist of the volume.
artbot 'reads' and understands text much in the same way that
people do -- it is a rich cognitive process which engages the
senses, memory, and knowledge. narratives are first parsed and
then interpreted imaginatively through the various perceptual
lenses of the rational, cultural, visual, sentimental, and psychic.
each interpretation implies colours through literal imagery (countrysides
are green hued), cultural metaphor (wealth is green and gold),
or colour psychology (off-primary colours evoke more subtlety
than primary ones).
the final cover artwork should uncover the colour palette that
is most profound to all interpretations. regard this as an aesthetic
distillation if you will -- a delicious peek into the volume's
more aesthetics at (web.media.mit.edu/~hugo)