Re: [-empyre-] Sublime

On 25/11/2004, at 11:50 AM, Christina McPhee wrote:
How might this
spiritually organic art, both natural and beyond nature, cast a gloss on
Jevbratt's desire for a creative work that will instigates "intuitive
understandings of the data", while still instantiating your own interest in
abstraction and miniaturization: big data in a petri dish? Interested in
your further musings.

I've been puzzling over this... I think that (in current practice anyway) a-life/generative and represent complementary approaches to thinking complexity. has an empirical bent, filtering and manipulating data from outside systems. A-life/generative processes seem to be fundamentally synthetic. They might have similar outcomes, in terms of evoking some kind of intuition of real complex systems, but one works from the outside in, seeking the system in the data, while the other works from the inside out (or bottom up), building a system and observing its behaviour.

Of course it's possible to use an artificial system, such as an a-life "world", as a source for data visualisation / sonification. Lovell and Mitchell did this in their work EIDEA - they traced the paths of creatures in an artificial ecosystem, and made "sand paintings" from the accumulated paths, which revealed long-term behaviours and dynamics of the system. This seems quite different to recent though, where the data source is always something "real" "out there".


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