New art, flag art, good art, portal art - Ian Cheng

Addresse2155 Center St
CityBerkeley
AtBerkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
CountyCook (IL1679)
Date04/09/2018
Hours20:00
CategoriaEvents
2155 Center St
Berkeley
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Cook (IL1679)
Tel 2018-04-09
Categoria Events
New art, flag art, good art, portal art - Ian Cheng

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often imaginative organisms and objects, but do so with the unforgiving causality found in nature itself. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviors that the artist can manage but never truly control. Cheng describes his simulations as akin to a “neurological gym”: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change.



Through simulations, Cheng wonders if it’s possible to love these difficult feelings and refactor our relationship to indeterminacy as a feature of being alive today, not a bug.

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