Andy Lomas: Morphogenetic Creations

Andy Lomas: Morphogenetic Creations

Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 16:00 - 17:00

Venue: Goldsmiths, London

1st Whitehead Lecture of the 2018-19 season.

Andy Lomas on "Morphogenetic Creations: A tale of complexity, emergence, and human computer collaboration".


Morphogenetic Creations is an ongoing series of artworks that explore how intricate complex form, as often seen in nature, can be created emergently through computational simulation of growth processes. Inspired by the work of Alan Turing, D'Arcy Thompson and Ernst Haeckel, it exists at the boundary between art and science.

This talk looks at both the development of these artworks and the artist's changing relationship with the computer: developing from simply being a medium to create computational art to one where it becomes an active collaborator in the process of exploring the possibilities of generative systems.

Drawing analogies with Kasparov's Advanced Chess and the deliberate development of unstable aircraft using fly-by-wire technology, the talk argues for a collaborative relationship with the computer that can free the artist to more fearlessly engage with the challenges of working with emergent systems that exhibit complex unpredictable behaviour.

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