A piece of fabric exhibits effective complexity. Thousands of tiny individual stitches come together to form one complete object. Fabric demonstrates total order in a way similar to a crystal lattice, in which tiny units (stitches) form a regular structure. However, the machine does introduce slight and subtle random variations into the structure.
I feel internal conflict over the Problem of Locality, Code, and Malleability, which asks, in a generative system, which part is the art? Is it in the writing of the code, or in the generation of the art itself? How much of a role in the art does the computer play vs. the human? Is the art in the instructions? I sometimes wonder how much credit should go to the engineers who built the computer, or the people who wrote the library I’m using, or even to the computer itself.