MetaCreations: Art and Artificial Life

MIT Press, ISBN 0262232340 The feeling that something is 'alive' is closely linked to the autonomy of expression of the object in question. The simulations of 'life', that is the area of ​​'artificial life', has attracted since the early nineties many artists ready to take advantage of the generative mechanisms of the basis for developing new concepts and parameters. The 'metacreazione' referred to by the title, therefore, is to create a work not stable and defined, but a system of rules and basic infrastructure that evolves independently, and that is intermediate (meta) between its creation and ultimate results. Although the sacred fire that led artistic research at the highest emotional impact (robotics, form generation) seems to have slowed down in the new millennium, as demonstrated by the examples in this text, it remains an irresistible charm of involvement within artificial systems, and the associated unpredictability of the interaction, typically linked to the human race. In this sense the naturalness of 'generativity' of the algorithms used becomes the figure by which to judge them, and their application in time costuisce a useful historical memory of these practices. The book tries to assemble a compendium of useful and exhaustive, only partially successful for the latter aspect that perhaps he should also include the latest biotech experiments, strongly critical of the celebration of the creation of life in itself. In this sense, are rare in this fantastic irony of organic forms of William Lathan as well as the paradox of the cloning of Natalie Jeremijenko, who instead are an important (though not exclusive) approach to strategic issues, out of self-congratulation that aesthetic featured a number of artists of the scope.