Re: [-empyre-] meta view
On 16/11/2004, at 3:55 PM, Paul Brown wrote:
maybe the only way to get a
handle on alife "art" was to create an alife "art critic" and that
only automata could appreciate automaton-created artworks.
This is an interesting take on your concept of "going beyond".
This is not a silly idea, in fact some people working with artificial
evolution have discussed the idea of a population of artificial
"critics" which also evolve, and in fact co-evolve with the artwork.
Image breeder Steven Rooke (apprently offline now) was one of these...
Steven's work has always been concerned with a quite metaphysical idea
Not silly either is the question as to whether we can hope to recognise
"good" a-life art... the concept of an artwork constitutes a frame in
itself (despite a long history of avant-gardist efforts to bust open
that frame (dada, fluxus, conceptual art, etc)). If what we want from
a-life art is the other, and the beyond, then if we were to _really_
achieve that, why would the resulting work fit in our category of
"art"? If it was sufficiently adaptive it wouldn't be hanging around on
a plinth letting people gawk at it. In other words, there's a tension
here between the known and the alien, the desires for alterity and
As Edward Shanken argues in a Leonardo article (can trace the ref)...
life is only ever "life as we know it" - how can it be anything else?
Yet like Melinda, I find that evolved hardware etc etc., contains some
whiff of the alien which is really thrilling...
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