Entanglement of Art Coefficient, or Creativity

Kyoko Nakamura*, Yukio Pegio Gunji

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While entanglement is a phenomenon discussed in quantum theory, it can also be found in art. We propose to connect entanglement to art’s most fundamental question: what is creativity? For example, Marcel Duchamp found the essence of the creative act in the “art coefficient,” the difference and/or gap between the artist’s intention and realization which is created. This paper locates the common sense understanding of entanglement in an inseparable whole that ensures difference between the intention and realization. Seeing the artistic act as actively designing entanglement within artistic production, we present examples of this from the work of the Japanese-style painter Nakamura, and present a concrete vision for an answer regarding the question of the nature of creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
JournalFoundations of Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 1


  • Art coefficient
  • Entanglement
  • Gap
  • Heterogeneity
  • Internal measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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