Leonardo
Volume 35, Issue 2
April 2002

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

Modeling the Emergence of Complexity: Complex Systems, the Origin of Life and Interactive On-Line Art

pp.
161
169
Article PDF (1.51 MB)
Abstract

The origin of this paper lies in the fundamental question of how complexity arose in the course of evolution and how one might construct an artistic interactive system to model and simulate this emergence of complexity. Relying on the idea that interaction and communication between entities of a system drive the emergence of structures that are more complex than the mere parts of that system, the authors propose to apply principles of complex system theory to the creation of VERBARIUM, an interactive, computer-generated and audience-participatory artwork on the Internet, and to test whether complexity can emerge within this system.

Artist, ATR Media Information Science Laboratories, 2–2 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, 6190288 Kyoto, Japan; Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, 3–95 Ryoke-cho, Ogaki-shi, Gifu 503–0014, Japan. E-mail: <christa@atr.co.jp>.

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are internationally renowned media artists working in the field of interactive computer installation. They are associate professors at the IAMAS (Institute for Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) in Gifu, Japan, and researchers at the ATR Media Information Science Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan. Since 2001 they have also been visiting research fellows at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies in Boston. They have exhibited and published extensively and are currently finishing their Ph.D. thesis on complexity, artificial life and interactive art at CAiiA-STAR in the U.K.

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