BIOTICA: ART, EMERGENCE AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE
by RICHARD BROWN with IGOR ALEKSANDER, JONATHAN MACKENZIE and JOE FAITH
with a preface by MIKE KING
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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 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
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.
BIOTICA was initially funded
by a Sci-Art Award from the Wellcome Trust with development funding from
Interval Research Corporation. A major award from Intel Corporation towards the development of real time interactive artworks and funding towards programming support from the Arts Council of England enabled the completion of the BIOTICA project.
Richard Brown is a Research
Fellow at the Royal College of Art and initiated the 'Art and as a Mode
territory in the Computer Related Design Research Studio.
His work has recently been recognised by a Fellowship award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).