Complexity art and complex systems

In recent years artists have paid significant attention to a number of now familiar technologies. The World Wide Web, genetic engineering and biotechnology, virtual reality, telepresence, and robotics have all made their mark on the art world, and we have seen an explosion of shows featuring new media, biotechnology/genetics, and digital culture. These topics, while important, seem to us to be only part of the story. A deeper current, one with far reaching implications across the physical, biological, and social sciences, is only now beginning to gain recognition in the public eye and as a unifying theme addressed by increasing numbers of artists. That deep current, that unifying theme, is Complexity. At a time when the term has been weakened due to overuse, complexity as a topic and a world view is truly a new paradigm.

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