Poetics of complexity: intersections between scientific conceptions of Complexity Systems and Cybernetic Art

Jon McCormack, Marilia Lyra Bergamo

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This paper aims to establish a concept to poetics of complexity correlating
specific scientific principles of Complex Systems with their
application in Cybernetic Art. This correlation reveals the tension
between art and the application of scientific models in the creation
and simulation of technological systems. Based on the review of
selected artworks presented on the exhibitions Consciência Cibernética
promoted by the Itaú Cultural in 2017 and 2019 in São Paulo,
Brazil, we outline some scientific principles used by artists. The
simulation of those principles with applied computation is a significant
resource to simulate complexity, and the artworks discussed in
this paper can illuminate how the use of it is paramount to poetics related to the complex.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Digital Creation in Arts and Communication, ARTeFACTo2020
EditorsBruno Mendes Da Silva
Place of PublicationPortugal
PublisherCentro de Investigação e Comunicação
ISBN (Electronic)9789899023338
ISBN (Print)9789899023321
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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