Generative Theatre of Totality

Keywords: Generative Art, Performing Arts, L-system, Theatre of Totality, Complex Systems.


Generative art can be used for creating complex multisensory and multimedia experiences within pre-determined aesthetic parameters, characteristic of the performing arts and remarkably suitable to address Moholy-Nagy’s Theatre of Totality vision. In generative artworks the artist will usually take on the role of an experience framework designer, and the system evolves freely within that framework and its defined aesthetic boundaries. Most generative art impacts visual arts, music and literature, but there does not seem to be any relevant work exploring the cross-medium potential, and one could confidently state that most generative art outcomes are abstract and visual, or audio. It is the goal of this article to propose a model for the creation of generative performances within the Theatre of Totality’s scope, derived from stochastic Lindenmayer systems, where mapping techniques are proposed to address the seven variables addressed by Moholy-Nagy: light, space, plane, form, motion, sound and man (“man” is replaced in this article with “human”, except where quoting from the author), with all the inherent complexities.

Author Biography

Pedro Alves da Veiga, Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, Universidade Aberta, Universidade do Algarve
Pedro Alves da Veiga is an artist and researcher. He holds a degree in Computer Science, a post-graduation in Advanced Studies of Digital Media Art, a two-decade business career in web-design and information systems, including the launch and sale of two IT companies. He is currently finishing his PhD thesis at Universidade Aberta and Universidade do Algarve, in Portugal, on the topic of new media art ecosystems. He is a member of CIAC - Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, where he is conducting research in generative systems and telemedia arts education. Since 2001 he has participated in several group and individual exhibitions and projects, in visual arts, theatre and in digital media art.


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