FMP - Ian Cheng - Live Simulations
“Darwin said the greatest live simulation is nature herself, who incessantly tries and fails aloud, never stopping at perfection. But nature is often too fast, too slow, too big, too small for us. We need live simulation at scale with human spacetime, but unending in its variety and blind to our barometers of quality. A live simulation that we can feel, but does not give a fig for us.” (Ian Cheng)
I just purchased the first Ian Cheng book: "Live simulations” and can’t wait to get it. I stumbled on his works couple of weeks ago on Instagram and I really love them. I used some algorithmic open source 3D shapes generators in my works and wrote about them in earlier posts but I never mentioned the aspect which is quite significant - the irresistible impression of their organic, sentient qualities. I have that eerie, irrational and piercing feeling that those forms are alive, in a different sense which can’t be compare to what we define as organic life but…it is very hard to articulate that really…Perhaps that book I ordered will be helpful in finding the right words to describe it. The Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures powered by wind (Strandbeests) makes me feel that too…
In his works Cheng let the situations/images happen in the algorithmic world. He can’t really predict the visually represented chain of computational events, he only let them be and observe what is then happening on the screen. And the beautiful, intriguing and powerful things happen... I am very much interested in the aspect of the involuntary forms and what Cheng does is a feast for someone finding the unintentional harmony of forms significant.
There is a great deal of chance and serendipity in my works and it is one of the interesting subjects which I will explore further in my practice. I learned to accept the involuntary forms and also provoke them. I am vigilant during the process of making works and happy to change direction/concept just because some unexpected but visually wonderful things take place. It is a very important change in my approach to the process of creation.