Theater and ALife Art: modeling Open and closed systems

Norman, Sally Jane (2015) Theater and ALife Art: modeling Open and closed systems. Artificial Life, 21 (3). pp. 344-353. ISSN 1064-5462

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The live art of theatre remains curiously missing from a-life art history, despite the fact that its very exi¬¬¬stence is poised on the cusp of the living and the artificial, and on the modeling of life as artefact - what can be called the containment-versus-continuity dilemma. How far one seeks to affirm autonomy of the creative art work or, conversely, how far one seeks to affirm its continuity with its supposed real life contexts is a question that has forever haunted theatre, and that has naturally come to haunt a-life and a-life arts. Investigation of the boundary separating observers from modeled systems is as core to research into the live art of theatre as to a-life research. This brief text seeks to open up discussion on links between a-life, a-life art, and the live art of theatre, through key thematic threads that traverse these domains: their modeling of universes, the open- and closed nature of the resultant modeled systems and their implications with respect to observers, definitions and instantiations of life regarding non-life or death, and attributions of liveness to emergent synthetic biology and metamaterials.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Frames and stages Open and closed systems Theatricalised and theatricalising behaviours Containment and model universes Enacting boundaries Artificial life and death
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Depositing User: Sally-Jane Norman
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 15:31
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 20:02

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