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Emerging Arts, A New Angle

By Rhizome

Many of us think of 'emerging art' as art practices that are so new that they lack venues for presentation and critical attention. Paul St George has a different take on Emergent Art, one that derives from biological behavior. Based on John Conway's Game of Life, which is actually not a game but a cellular automata describing the birth and death of organisms, St George's 'Emergent Art' organizes these rules into a beautifully Minimal, Peter Halley-esque implementation. I wasn't able to deduce any specifics about the Game of Life, but the artist's salient theme, that complex sequences emerge from simple events, shines through. -- Rachel Greene

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