The Aesthetic Implications of Complexity Theory for Object Creation and Haptic Response

Daniel Della-Bosca (PhD)

This research explores the ideas of complexity as borrowed from the sciences and in turn adapted to help understand some aspects of the creation and perception of art and design. This exploration of complexity is undertaken by questioning a sensorial response to complex form, particularly through touch. Explorative processes include creative dialogues involving my digital and physical studio practices. My practice and research navigates correlations between geometrically ‘complex’ structures (created using algorithmically or parametrically driven forms), and naturally occurring form. These artificial forms have been realised in various materials, thereby making them available to aesthetic perception in a way that encourages and challenges the audience to explore them. The research develops through the dialogue between myself, the artefacts created, and the audience; between the real and unreal, the actual and virtual, materiality and fiction.