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Generative Systems versus Copy Art: A Clarification of Terms and Ideas

Sonia Landy Sheridan
Leonardo
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Spring, 1983), pp. 103-108
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1574794
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1574794
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Abstract

Generative Systems was a program established at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970 in response to social change brought about in part by the computer-robot communications revolution. The program, which brought artists and scientists together, was an effort at turning the artist's passive role into an active one by promoting the investigation of contemporary scientific--technological systems and their relationship to art and life. Unlike copier art, which was a simple commercial spin-off, Generative Systems was actually involved in the development of elegant yet simple systems intended for creative use by the general population. Generative Systems artists attempted to bridge the gap between elite and novice by directing the line of communication between the two, thus bringing first generation information to greater numbers of people and bypassing the entrepreneur.

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