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Emergence: the generation of material spaces in Anthony McCall's "Line Describing a Cone"

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Abstract


  • Anthony McCall’s solid light film Line Describing a Cone (1973) is about the emergence of

    dimensionality in space. This paper uses Line Describing a Cone to discuss emergence as a

    material algorithmic process occurring across the media of informatic systems and installation

    art. Evolutionary models of emergence trace patterns, whether behavioural, spatial or genetic. Line Describing a Cone suggests the emergence of a new kind of mobilized viewer within gallery spaces who does not necessarily ‘evolve’ but who (through interruption and noise) becomes an interactive emergent part of the material processes of the work. Noise travels and generates the excess dimensionality within which an emergent material process can occur. It is contested here that emergence can only occur within noisy environments. Emergence then, introduces a process within which viewers interact with and experience art installations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Emergence: the generation of material spaces in Anthony McCall''s "Line Describing a Cone"." Digital Creativity 18 .1 (2007): 34-42.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947579745

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1340&context=creartspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/332

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 34

End Page


  • 42

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Anthony McCall’s solid light film Line Describing a Cone (1973) is about the emergence of

    dimensionality in space. This paper uses Line Describing a Cone to discuss emergence as a

    material algorithmic process occurring across the media of informatic systems and installation

    art. Evolutionary models of emergence trace patterns, whether behavioural, spatial or genetic. Line Describing a Cone suggests the emergence of a new kind of mobilized viewer within gallery spaces who does not necessarily ‘evolve’ but who (through interruption and noise) becomes an interactive emergent part of the material processes of the work. Noise travels and generates the excess dimensionality within which an emergent material process can occur. It is contested here that emergence can only occur within noisy environments. Emergence then, introduces a process within which viewers interact with and experience art installations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Emergence: the generation of material spaces in Anthony McCall''s "Line Describing a Cone"." Digital Creativity 18 .1 (2007): 34-42.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947579745

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1340&context=creartspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/332

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 34

End Page


  • 42

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 1