preceeds moderdernism, post-modernism and anything else
Generative art is ideologically neutral. It is simply a way of creating art and any content considerations are up to the given artist. And besides, generative art
historically precedes modernism, post-modernism, and just about any other “ism” on record. Certainly one can make generative art that exhibits a postmodern attitude. Many do. But one can also make generative art that attempts to refute post-modernism. Two of the most significant impacts of post-modernism on art are (1) the proposed abandonment of formalism and beauty as a meaningful area of exploration, and (2) the proposed abandonment of the notion that art can reveal truth in any nonrelativistic way. Form, beauty, and knowledge are held to be mere social constructions. Generative art can be used to attack these fundamental points head on. First, generative artists can explore form as something other than arbitrary social convention. Using complex systems artists can creat e form that emerges as the result of naturally occurring processes beyond the influence o fculture and man. Second, having done this, generative artists can demonstrate by compelling example reasons to maintain faith in our ability to understand our world. The generative artist can remind us that the universe itself is a generative system. And through generative art we can regain our sense of place and participation in that universe.