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Generative art

 
Generative art

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25 Kadr Gallery
24 september 2011 — 23 october 2011

Opening: 17:00 24 September 2011

Curator: Alexander Lysov

Co-curator: Timofey Caraffa-Corbut

Organizer: 25 Kadr Gallery
Tatiana Golubeva, Alice Bulchak

Artists:

  • Tom Beddard
  • Marcin Ignac
  • Leonardo Solaas
  • David Wicks
  • Eno Henze
  • Eva Schindling
  • Marius Watz
  • Kim Asendorf
  • Alexander Lysov


Generative art

Generative art can be defined as an art practice in which the artist is using the systems, - a set of rules presented by natural language, computer program, machine, or other processing invention, which are set in motion with certain level of autonomy, and contribute to the creation of an artwork or create it completely by itself.
The system is a set of interrelated elements separate from the environment and interacting with it as a whole.

It's necessary to give some comments to this definition. First, the term "generative art" specifies how the artwork is made, but not why and what for. Belonging to the category of generative art is not defined by internal contents of the artwork. Second, the generative art is not connected to some specific technology, and it is not necessarily high-technological. Third, the system used in the art practice in the field of generative art, must be precisely defined and self-sufficient to work autonomously.

The key property of generative art is usage of the systems in one form or another. These systems can be ordered as well as unordered, chaotic. The complexity theory and information theory assume that ordered and unordered systems are quite simple, and complex systems develop both properties or order and disorder at the same time. Thus, the relation of order and randomness can be the starting point for classifying the systems used in the generative art, and the basis for understanding the generative art itself.

So if the usage of the systems is defining for the generative art, there appears a question whether there is a way to classify the systems and therefore, classify the generative art. In this exhibition I would like to show in most explicit way the directions of usage of autonomous systems in art, from strictly mathematical systems to social ones.

Alexander Lysov
             




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