Complex Systems in Aesthetics and Arts

The arts are one of the most complex of human endeavours, and so it is fitting that a special issue on Complex Systems in Aesthetics and Arts is being published. As the editors of this special issue, we would like to thank the reviewers of the submitted papers for their hard work in making this issue possible, as well as the authors who submitted their work and were very responsive to the comments of the reviewers and editors.

The word complexity has a specific meaning in the context of “complex systems” research, as the study of systems made of many components—not in themselves necessarily complex—that through loosely coupled, local interactions generate complex, emergent behaviours. Such systems have the potential to act as the basis for the production of artworks, whether entirely computer generated or as a result of a cocreative system between humans and computers. Such art might make its impact through the intrinsic interest of the complex behaviour in the system, by representing, exploring, or connoting some worldly aspect of complexity, or by using complex systems as a way of exploring a space of possible works. Furthermore, complex systems research has the potential to simulate emergent processes in the artworld, such as the interaction between artists, audiences, and critics, or the development of aesthetic ideas or artistic fashions over time.


Complex Systems in Aesthetics and Arts
Juan Romero, Colin Johnson, and Jon McCormack

Volume 2019, Article ID 9836102, 2 pages