Re: [-empyre-] meta view

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From: "Melinda Rackham" <>
To: "soft_skinned_space" <>
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 6:18 AM
Subject: [-empyre-] meta view

> hi all
> ive found it really interesting  that  so much of this discussion so far
> about the emergence of art has been about the rigours of
> defining metacreation..
> defining  (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
> 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..

______I agree absolutely 'for my part

> is there separateness from ourselves and a sense of unpredictability?

______And indeed not, 'for my part; otherwise the previous requirement could
be valid; to be prédictible of the otherness, the otherness being by
definition what we do not know, what is enigmatic but more, something which
is not still known before its next event; then the metacreation and the
al-creation in art cannot take place without to integrate the
unpredictability - of what we could not integrate otherness before its

> is it resistant to, and independent of, our aspirations and wishes?

______for my part this way it is ok.

> is it a non finite structure, could it exceed imposed borders, boundaries
> and limitations?

yes (in the limit of the possible code)

> does it  incite responses from others?
>  but then again sadly I am going for a concrete boundary around an
> dynamic concept..
> I am also very taken with the evolved circuit designs by Adrian Thompson
> the COGS lab at Sussex
> amazing stuff. just had to put that url in again!!
________We see

> Dr Melinda Rackham
> artist | curator | producer
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