Artist Information

24 Mayflower Rd
Hallowell, ME 04347


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Creative Statement

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living."

- Henri Poincaré

The world that we all live in is unimaginably complex. Information is everywhere. Autonomous agents act and interact, everywhere, with each other, and in ways that are impossible to predict or truly understand. Traditionally, the role of engagement and synthesis of this information has fallen to the artists and scientists of the world who break themselves into groups and grapple with small subsets of this universal existential data aether. This group exerts considerable effort towards isolating and presenting patterns, rules, theories, "truths"; attempting to make the sublime more approachable. Early attempts to understand our world have ultimately proven to be flawed. In the interest of creating these formalisms, some systems are overly simplified and mistakes are made in process, while other systems are deemed too chaotic to understand.

As creative researcher and explorer, I seek intervention into the neat little models and equations which define our world, particularly those models of emergent behavior and generative systems which have developed out of the fields of behavioral ecology, complexity, and artificial intelligence. If the fabric of life itself resists tampering, interventions into these models provides a rare opportunity intimately engage with the sublime, and then change the rules. Algorithmic models become building blocks for the creation of new systems which suggest both the biological nature of their origin, as well as the hand of conscious creator. This forces one to consider the question: What if the nature of life as we know it is just one aesthetic possibility, out of an infinite variety of potentials? Technology provides a way to explore these potential worlds as a way of discovering the fragility of our own complex existence.

As an artist this is the zone I choose to explore, a place where boundaries between, mediums, modes, and conventional ideas about everything break down. A place where areas of research can fuse horizons with each other in previously inconceivable ways, where a relaxation of assumptions can lead to new conclusions. I am interested in a liminal practice situated at the border of the unknown, a practice which attempts to regulate the equilibrium between our phenomenological and nuomenological understanding of life, the universe, and everything.