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5 Unit 3: Generative Systems

í Script and execute a generative system
Wed, Apr 17

Due next week

Invent, script and execute a generative system. A generative system uses rules to dictate how a form or experience is produced.

Consider the readings and lecture when forming your system. Most relevant are themes of concept, algorithm, indeterminacy, randomness, automation, order and serendipity.

Your end product may take any form. The end product (medium, format and size) will likely be written into the system that you script. If your system does not dictate a format, it is up to you to package your project in a clear and engaging form.

This is a one week project. Spend the bulk of your time constructing your system, with the output being as “perfunctory affair” as possible. It is essential that you have your system written down and are able to articulate it clearly. Initiate and complete the project by next class.

Consult the lecture post for precedents


* To prioritize concept over end form
* To see what unexpected form results from rules, directions or constraints
* To create a finished work in a very short amount of time

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í Make a list about the lists in the current RISD Museum exhibit
Tue, Apr 16

Due at 3:30p

During class today, visit the travelling exhibit about lists on the 2nd floor of the Farago Wing at the RISD Museum. Peruse the exhibit and create a list that derives itself from that expereince — whether it be a list of attributes visible in the lists themselves, spacial qualities of the show or a relational aspect. An example of this would be: list of shirt colors of visitors to the show, or list of fonts used within the lists in the show. Create a list of your own, choosing whatever medium or form best suits the concept of your list.

By 3:30pm, upload an image of your list to the class website and assign your post to the “List of Lists” category. We’ll meet in class at 3:30pm to look over your work and talk about the next assignment.

Keep in mind examples from today’s lecture on “Chance” and the Sol LeWitt quote below.

I will refer to the kind of art in which I am involved as conceptual art. In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair.
-Sol Lewitt

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