Leonardo
Volume 35, Issue 2
April 2002

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

Special Section: A-Life in Art, Design, Edutainment, Games and Research

Relazioni Emergenti: Experiments with the Art of Emergence

pp.
147
152
Article PDF (2.46 MB)
Abstract

Progress in the scientific understanding and simulation of natural evolutionary mechanisms may be creating the basis for a new stage in evolution: the coming of artificial beings and artificial societies. Culture itself, aesthetics and intelligence are coming to be seen as the emergent, self-organizing qualities of a collectivity, evolved over time through both genetic and linguistic evolution. This paper sketches the development of hybrid digital worlds, in which artificial beings are able to evolve their own cultures, languages and aesthetics. Finally, the authors discuss their interactive audio-visual art installation Relazioni Emergenti, based on artificial-life environments. In this work, digital beings can interact, reproduce and evolve through the mechanisms of genetic mutation. People can interact with these artificial beings, creating hybrid ecosystems.

Artist, Plancton Art Studio, Via Ponton dell'Elce 9, Anguillara Sabazia 00061, Rome, Italy. E-mail: <plancton@plancton.com>.

Plancton Art Studio is an artist-scientist group focused on interactive installations based on chaos and artificial life to explore the creative potentiality of the artificial societies. Their artworks have been exhibited in international art-science festivals (SIG-GRAPH, Imagina, Alife, Generative Art, Virtuality). Mauro Annunziato is director of a laboratory at the Italian government research institution ENEA, studying AI, chaos, neural networks and artificial life. Piero Pierucci is scientific director of a laboratory working on voice synthesis and 3D sound modeling in Nergal s.p.a. Both are authors of more than 100 scientific publications.

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