Different Experiences, Different Types of Emergence: A-life Sculpture Designer, Interactant, Observer

Melanie Baljko, Nell Tenhaaf

A-life sculptures are dynamic art works in which human participants function as co-creators. This paper describes a collaborative project to develop an A-life art work that has as its main component a heterogeneous population of agents. The human interactant is represented within the agent population and their role as co-creator of the artwork is mediated by their presence in the population of agents. This work is concerned with issues of collaborative task performance, artistic co-construction, and the quality of emergence as being dependent on the experiencer of the system (i.e., the system designer, interactant, and/or observer).

Subjects: 1.2 Artificial Life; 7.1 Multi-Agent Systems

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