[eu-gene] need advice on a framework design
alex at slab.org
Tue Jan 31 18:24:39 GMT 2012
On 31 January 2012 16:21, Philip Galanter <list at philipgalanter.com> wrote:
> Artists exercising traditional media can depict, comment, and opine on the generative nature of the universe. However, artists working with generative systems *participate* in the generative nature of the universe.
I find this confusing, do you mean to say that the autonomous artworks
participate in the generative nature of the universe? If you really
meant that, surely all artists participate in the generative nature of
the universe as biological human beings.
You do not have to aspire to a special form of autonomy in your
artwork, to participate in the generative nature of the universe.
> As for it being cliche, I suppose if one stops at "hey look, I'm giving up control" then, yes, it could quickly become a cliche. But if you go further to "and here is a unique reason why I'm giving up control, and here is something unique that I've found in doing so" it's a font of constant interest.
The cliche I was talking about was saying "hey look, I'm giving up
control" while carrying out intensive, highly controlled, hands-on
design processes in private, then stepping out in public and leaving
the handbrake off.
As Rob says, autonomy is a worthy aspiration, and it's the aspiration
for which you claim the term "generative art". But it's also a worthy
aspiration to use code as a medium for engaged, hands-on exploration,
and doing so doesn't disconnect you from the universe, generative or
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