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The Posthuman
ENGL 165EC - Spring 2003,  Rita Raley
Tue, 6/3 Biotech & ALife Art

[Galápagos]: "The process in this exhibit is a collaboration between human and machine. The visitors provide the aesthetic information by selecting which animated forms are most interesting, and the computers provide the ability to simulate the genetics, growth, and behavior of the virtual organisms. But the results can potentially surpass what either human or machine could produce alone. Although the aesthetics of the participants determine the results, they are not designing in the traditional sense. They are rather using selective breeding to explore the "hyperspace" of possible organisms in this simulated genetic system. Since the genetic codes and complexity of the results are managed by the computer, the results are not constrained by the limits of human design ability or understanding."


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