Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Arts and Humanities, Complex Network Analysis of

  • Isabel Meirelles
  • Maximilian Schich
  • Roger Malina
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_28


Art about networks; Networks in art; Networks in culture; Networks in the humanities; Research in network visualization


Artificial Life (Sometimes A-Life)

Term originally coined by Christopher Langton to study “life as it could be” based on the use of simulations, computer models, robotics, and more recently synthetic biology. A-Life Art are artworks which use A-Life science and technologies

Humanistic Inquiry

Methodologies employed in traditional humanities disciplines


The science of measuring and analyzing science


Complex network-related research and creative practice in the arts and humanities examine emerging structure, dynamics, and evolution of connections between concepts, objects, individuals, locations, and events. To this end, discipline-specific perspectives, ranging from vigorous humanistic inquiry to free artistic expression, are facilitated with scientific approaches from relevant areas including graph theory in mathematics, the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Meirelles
    • 1
  • Maximilian Schich
    • 2
  • Roger Malina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Art + Design, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Arts & Technology, School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA