Morphogenesis: working with unruly systems

Lomas, Andy. 2019. 'Morphogenesis: working with unruly systems'. In: Making as Paradox. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom 26 October 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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How are we to work creatively with generative systems that computationally create results? In particular, how should we work with systems deliberately designed to encourage emergence: genuinely unexpectedly rich behaviour that cannot be simply predicted from the constituent parts?

We need to discover the potentialities of the system we are working with, as well as the limits of its capabilities. Whether art, design or architecture, working in this manner involves changing our relationship with the computer. Traditional top-down design methods are no longer appropriate.

This raises the idea of working with the machine not merely as a medium for artwork but as an active collaborator in the process of exploration and discovery. Can computational methods be used to allow exploration of generative systems in ways that would not be otherwise possible? The computer becomes an active part of the process of discovery, not just as the medium used to create artefacts.

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26 October 2019Completed

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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

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26 October 2019

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20 Nov 2019 13:15

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20 Nov 2019 13:15


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