[-empyre-] meta view
ive found it really interesting that so much of this discussion so far
about the emergence of a.life art has been about the rigours of definition:
defining a.life (or is that a-life?)
defining authorship (is a-life copyright or copyleft?)
defining self-modification (which i seem to see as cute little fluffy
software entities browsing the burgeoning self-help section of the
networked knowledge library)
when i think a-life, I am more inclined to take it in a more fluid
philosophic vein - an example mitchell previously gave of " the pursuit of
the emergent moment of
excess and surprise"
i personally would call something a-life if meet the conditions of
alterity .. which opens up the doors..
is there separateness from ourselves and a sense of unpredictability?
is it resistant to, and independent of, our aspirations and wishes?
is it a non finite structure, could it exceed imposed borders, boundaries
does it incite responses from others?
but then again sadly I am going for a concrete boundary around an elusive,
I am also very taken with the evolved circuit designs by Adrian Thompson of
the COGS lab at Sussex (http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/users/adrianth/ade.html).
amazing stuff. just had to put that url in again!!
Dr Melinda Rackham
artist | curator | producer
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