NECSI Educational Programs




One-Day Course:

Complex Systems in Life and Art

*** The course is now over *** 

June 8, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM

Sponsor: The Santa Fe Art Institute


Course Description

A one day course, Complex Systems in Life and Art, will be offered on Friday June 8, 2001.

The ways that art describes/manifests the world around us and our internal worlds are interwoven with the new insights from the study of complex systems. Understanding art as a language, the historical development of art, and the creative process itself are all key areas in which art and complex systems have a common ground. Artists have also become engaged with the rich dynamic pattern forming and generative models characteristic of many studies in complex systems. In this one-day program, we will introduce the basic concepts of complex systems, consider their relevance to everyday life, and explore the artistic concepts and expressions that are being brought to light by these exciting developments.

Topics: Lectures and discussions will explore the following topics:

  • The basic concepts of complex systems: emergence, complexity, evolution, networks, relationships, observer, environment.
  • The dynamic creation of self-organizing patterns.
  • Creativity and other mysteries of mind.
  • Complex systems in arts and humanities: the blurring/merging of art and science.
  • Patterns in art as language, as history, and as process of mind.

Location: The course will be hosted by the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM.

Tuition (Subsidized): Students $20, Academic or Artist $80, Corporate $250. Registration is required, space is limited.

Scholarships are available according to need -- please contact Kerry Benson at the address below.

Accommodations: For accommodations at the Santa Fe Art Institute, cheaper rates at local hotels, or dorm rooms at the College of Santa Fe, please contact Kerry Benson:

Local Contact:
Kerry Benson, Director
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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