Art and Complexity


  • J. Casti, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • A. Karlqvist, Swedish Polar Research, Stockholm, Sweden

This title is the result of a one-week workshop sponsored by the Swedish research agency, FRN, on the interface between complexity and art. Among others, it includes discussions on whether "good" art is "complex" art, how artists see the term "complex", and what poets try to convey in word about complex behavior in nature.
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Educated laypersons interested in how the arts and sciences interface. Computer artists. Scientists with an interest in the humanities. Professors teaching interdisciplinary courses in both the humanities and in the sciences.


Book information

  • Published: February 2003
  • Imprint: JAI Press (Elsevier)
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50944-4


....a testament to the ongoing ability of artists and scientists to communicate to unravel mysteries in the world around us.....
John de Rivaz, The fractal Translight Newsletter

This is a stimulating book that I can wholeheartedly recommend to all readers who are interested in art, music or literature
George J. Klir, International Journal of General Systems

Table of Contents

Art and Science - Les Liaisons Dangereuses? (J.D. Barrow).
Complexity and Aesthetics: Is Good Art "Complex" Art? (J. Casti).
What Lies Between Order and Chaos? (J.P. Crutchfield).
Regularities and Randomness: Evolving Schemata in Science and the Arts (M. Gell-Mann).
Drawing, Knowledge and Intuitive Thinking: Drawing as a Way to Understand and Solve Complex Problems (B. Hjort).
Nothing is Hidden (A. Karlqvist).
Science and Art in Collaboration - The Mindship Method (T. Norretranders).
Complexity and Emergence inthe American Experimental Music Tradition (T. Perkis).
Modeling Complexity for Interactive Art Works on the Internet (C. Sommerer, L. Mignonneau).
Poetic Voice and the Complexity of Bird Song (M. Southwick).
Fractal Expressionism - Where Art Meets Science (R. Taylor).
A Depth-First Traversal of Thinking (G. Wight).
Color Plates.