apparently.. not much of generative art is worth the second look; verdict intense research, browsing etc on the net. so little spectacular in fact.. we came up with the same work.
kind of surprised, therefore, i will add these lines, musing why :;
generative, if seen from ‘generating’ implies some sort of evolutionary path; something related to ‘artificial intelligence’, promised but unfulfilled, some machine intelligence really..
quite natural for a culture obsessed with technology and awe towards the ‘fulfilled’ promise of an industrial revolution -
as much as pondering the consequences that this very path has led us – a polluted and destroyed environment.
so, the very least intelligent agents have to be able to is – be studied as to understand what went wrong where.
on the other side, kind of faustian – but again desperate – is the hope to understand the blueprint and change for the better – definition to everyone’s criteria, and therefore problematic.
anyway, ‘we want’ something more then entertaining, something that hinges at a deeper truth of sorts, something ‘enlightening’. since machines freed us some time, doing tedious repetitive jobs for us, we use this for edutainment (high or low brow culture is not that different).
[ should i believe an – intriguing – recent dinner conversation,, this aspect might change: an increase in price for the employment of machinery (oil) versus a decrease in price for employment of human force for the same, might re-make the latter into one of our future energy sources.. and change any percentage of human input (time+creativity) to accomplish future works.
unlike the matrix (the movie that is), i don’t have a humanistic opinion; nor does it scare me [ quite yet ] to envision and help dream the potentialities of an intelligence ‘made in our image’. this, unfortunately, shows a lack of thinking outside the box [extendible to other areas .. ] .. why in our image?
and this is why shoal are so interesting, they are something like life-forms, therefore related to us. that they are digital, following mathematical formulas (however chaotic or dynamic), is not that alientating.. in fact we can barely make sense of all the tiny things in/around us, the stuff we breath.. and that interact with our organism, an agglomerate of these little (semi-)intelligent or at least functional things.
perfect for a mechanistic world, yet with the touch of something more, some beauty, some layers, depth, heights.. one has to look up to – literally – and be a-mazed by (well) our own global transactions.
by Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena
akin to a planetarium, this generative art piece by joshua portway and lise autogena, represents current stock tradings as stars or clusters.
lying underneath a “sky”, economics becomes biology as evolving entities or artificial intelligence creatures represent the stock and its life-cycles, with each star/entity representing a trading company, where they react on each worldwide interaction connected to ‘their’ stock, which is seen as food.
“Within this environment, a complex ecology of glowing amoeba-like “artificial life” creatures emerge. The creatures live in a world composed entirely of money and they feed on trading activity. Whenever a stock is traded its’ equivalent star produces food for the creatures – the bigger the trade, the more food is produced.”
moreover the arificial lives move about following their particular set of evolutionary rules, approching and clustering around fortunes, companies and their seeming alliances.
originally conceived during the dot.com boom, and envisioned as a lunch-part-time for wallstreeters in london, it became exhibited after its crash, therefore took on another dimension.
both in terms of title as much as underlying rules, the activities are based on the nobel-pize winning formula of “black scholes” – whereas the holy grail of stock-forecasting seemed to have be achieved, until its collapse in 98.
in a world where money reigns, fears or predictions seen as in a stellarium form rather then the abstract lines of numbers and graphs on the floor.