Central Hypotheses

The central hypotheses of this work are as follows:

A new general theory of living systems is beginning to converge which, I believe, starts to explain why there is such similarity in the forms of a leaf and a city, the organisation of metabolism and economy, and the respective flows within them. This theory says that living systems are organisations which maintain themselves despite their structure undergoing constant change. They achieve this feat of circular causality and of stasis despite flux by maintaining themselves within the edge of chaos regime. Consequently, the form, dynamics and physicality of living systems share something in common which is both fluid and fractal, and that this gives solid meaning to the notion of organic.

In order to both verify and explore this hypothesis, I have developed an approach which combines both art and science so as to maintain the wholeness which exists in living systems of form and function, of aesthetics and mechanism. This approach uses the scientific theory and associated computer modelling technology to create art having an 'abstract organic' aesthetic. The degree to which the resulting art captures an abstract quality of living systems provides a measure of the truth of the theory and success of the model in capturing the general features of living systems.

Therefore, in exploring the subject of living systems, art and science can work together symbiotically. The pursual of subjective art can contribute to the development of science as much as science and technology can be used to make art. This approach is also an example of a whole maintaining itself in a circular way.