Complexity Paper

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Complexity and Emergence in Everything is Going According to Plants


This paper examines the role of complexity and emergence in the proposed thesis project, Everything is Going According to Plants. By looking at the structural elements contributing to complex interaction and development of the system as a whole, it proposes the possibility of novel and emergent aesthetic possibilities facilitated by human interaction with and internal interaction within the software system and physical environment. Starting by laying out the imagined structure, it moves on to a discussion of the role of audience, performers, botanical specimens, and documented and live data sets as indeterminate agents in the development and shape of the final outcome. Focusing on the unknown and the phenomenological experience as the primary goals, it ends with speculation on some possible outcomes.