September 3, 2004

FILE on meta-art

by Michael Mateas · , 4:14 pm

FILE, an electronic art and game festival in Brazil has now made their online digital magazine FILE SCRIPT available. Relevant to our recent discussion of Simon Penny’s ISEA talk on behavioral or generative art, FILE SCRIPT has an interesting article on meta-art, first describing telecommunication and telewriting experiments as a kind of meta-art (the artist is constructing, not a work, but a context in which art “happens”), and then moving on to extend the term meta-artist to include “…computational systems or softwares that attain quasi-autonomy in making their design decisions or that may even be designed to evolve in complexity as they learn through experience in their sign-processing endeavors.” The article looks at several image generation (including Aaron) and poetry generation systems.