|Biotica: Art, Emergence and Artificial Life|
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BIOTICA: ART, EMERGENCE AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE by RICHARD BROWN with IGOR ALEKSANDER, JONATHAN MACKENZIE and JOE FAITH with a preface by MIKE KING
BIOTICA describes a two-year research project that explored the relationships between artistic practice, programming and theories of artificial life and emergence.
The project, conceived by Richard Brown, was developed in conjunction with Jonathan Mackenzie and Gavin Baily with consultancy from Professor Igor Aleksander of Imperial College London.
The research culminated in an art installation exhibited in Manchester, London and at SIGGRAPH 2000 in New Orleans.
The BIOTICA installation was conceived as an artwork questioning what is it for something to be understood as ‘alive’?
More than just a scientific demonstration, BIOTICA amalgamates neural net technology, the simulation of three dimensional physical space and gestural interaction with artistic practice to produce a visceral, immersive experience of artificial life. This book investigates the many ideas and issues informing the project, acknowledging the achievements and problems in seeking to develop an artwork that would harness the properties of emergence.
The preface by Mike King and essays by Igor Aleksander, Jonathan Mackenzie and Joe Faith provide a critical contextualisation of BIOTICA in relation to scientific research and other art projects in this field.