Re: [-empyre-] Defining metacreation...
re. Metacreation... the term is stirring up some reaction; below is a
grab from [spectre] which briefly explains my intended meaning..
Melinda, something could appear abusive in the term "metacreation"
applied regarding to life-art and more to artificial life.
Don't you think so ? "Meta" literally : what comes after, what
Aliette I think my intention was simpler than your critique! In the
book, metacreation is used to refer to a particular tendency within
a-life art - something that I argue is a characteristic motivator of
this practice. "Meta" here relates to recursion or
self-referentiality. Metacreation is the creation of creation. For
a-life artists this is the practice of creating systems which are
themselves (somehow) creative. This is an ideal, an aspiration, rather
than a reality, for there are real limits on the extent of that
metacreation... but it's an important desire in this field (and
actually, I would argue, in almost all generative art).
re. a-life as art/science: Paul has already made the point about the
shared / merged history. It's also true that a-life is far from a
'hard' or establishment scientific practice. I'd suggest that its roots
are in West-coast US culture & Santa Fe Institute interdisciplinarity;
and that most mathematicians and physicists would still regard a-life
as a fairly way-out endeavour. This is apart from the basic artfulness
of a-life science methodology (based on synthesis rather than
analysis). Nell Tenhaaf's writing is useful on this point; like Paul
she characterises a-life as an artful and post-modern science.
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University of Canberra
On 05/11/2004, at 9:00 PM, Jose-Carlos Mariategui wrote:
I do believe we must seriously and rigorously define "metacreation".
does Mitchell exactly means with his title. There are a lot of
that we normally impose when the thing is not the same as it was
In that sense I do believe Artificial life works (or creations, or
'metacreations') are relevant when we take it to analyze some future
premises for our society or when we develop a new kind of order or
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