Founded in 2006 by Sara Clark, Sue Greene, Chuck Henry and Dan Pearce to address the ability of art and science/technology to inform each other.
Named shortly later by Tarynn Witten to reflect the mathematical notion that high order complex systems reveal more than the sum of their base components would seem to indicate.
This name reflects our belief that unexpected insight will be attained through practicing both art and science. This requires more than simply collaborating from the safety of our separate disciplines.
Since the enlightenment we have probed the physical world to reveal its structure.
We are a product of this process and embrace this view of the world.
Recently, advances in our understanding have yielded COMPLEX systems that evolve in time to reveal unexpected structures and new insights.
This provides a metaphor for US.
It is in recognition of this link to the physical world that we imagine, experience and communicate the beauty of the metaphysical world through metaphor.
As linear perspective communicated 2D simulations of the 3D world to the masses in the Renaissance and later became a major tool in the development of the industrial revolution, so too the computer simulations of today communicate images of worlds beyond 3D, enable deeper understanding and fuel future revolutions.
As artists today, we are aware of the metaphorical power inherent in images created by mathematical and scientific systems.
We recognize and appreciate the systems that underlie the forms of natural structures.
By understanding and manipulating these systems, we can communicate images of worlds that parallel the familiar world we know.
While complete knowledge of a complicated system may be possible, complete knowledge of a complex system is not.
The Art of ComplexUs emerges from the cooperation of apparently dissimilar disciplines such that the outcome cannot be predicted.