Generative Art, Complexity Science, and Their Cultural Implications

UPDATE: 23rd April. With regret, Philip is now unable to attend and this event has to be cancelled. If there is an opportunity to reschedule, we will announce it on this site.

We are pleased to invite Philip Galanter from Texas A&M University to talk about “Generative Art, Complexity Science, and Their Cultural Implications.” This talk is on Tuesday 28th April, in A6, Llandinam Building. A map of the location is available. There will be refreshments available from 5.30 outside the room. The event is free and open to all.

Generative art is a primarily, but not entirely, computational approach to art making. It involves the artist yielding control to an autonomous system which then makes, or is, the work of art. This talk will provide a conceptual overview of generative art techniques, the relationship between generative systems and complexity science, the nascent field of computational aesthetic evaluation, and the possibility of a higher synthesis reconciling the apparently incommensurable views from the modern culture of the sciences, and the postmodern culture of the humanities. Along the way examples of digital art by the speaker and others will be shown.
Philip Galanter is an artist, theorist, and curator. As an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University he conducts graduate studios in studios in generative art and physical computing. Philip creates generative hardware systems, light sculptures, video and sound art installations, digital fine art prints, and light-box transparencies. His work has been shown in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Italy, and Tunisia.

Philip’s research includes the artistic exploration of complex systems, and the development of art theory bridging the cultures of science and the humanities. His writing has appeared in both art and science publications, and often in association with organizations such as SIGGRAPH, IEEE VIS, ISEA, the College Art Association, xCoAx, and others.

You can find out more about this work at

You can sign-up to the Facebook event, which will help us with planning the catering. You are are still very welcome to attend, even if you don’t sign-up on Facebook.

We plan to webcast the slides and audio for this event at the link: