art genes of aesthetics and beauty

Genetic art

"Art is a trait so universal and ancient that it is almost surely innate"

As the physical carriers of genetic information, chromosomes are heritable and mutable entities that evolve over time. You can find beauty in art and etchings, too, when the concept of necessity no longer directs your life as only printed artworks should reproduce.

Ellen Dissanayake

The mythical art form rapidly evolves and mutates in unexpected ways.

The instinctive beauty gene, like the blackbird's orange-yellow beak, may have developed as a fitness signal. Making pictures is a non heritable brain disorder of unknown etiology, because aesthetics is part of our biology as expressed through the filter of awkwardness and irony.

instinct feeds visual arts

Art is about meeting biological needs

Art roots are deeply natural rather than cultural.

Art and genetics are good mysteries. Visual art lives an odd life. Visual art moves from an esoteric specialty to being part of genetics. The criteria for goodness and badness are inherently shifting and not innate.

Donald Kuspit, Explaining why you do art because of an inner compulsion.

Awkwardness works as fitness indicators.

G. F. Miller, Observations indicate that all art theories are not equal in the eyes of evolution.

Nothing in Art makes sense, except in the light of evolution. Matisse used to say that some people have an art gene and others don’t. Art is about meeting biological needs: Visual art lives an odd life, not knowing what they want or why.

alien instinct

The genetic artist is interested in the statistical and inferential challenges that arise in making sense of genomic data.

Aliens believe that some artists send mixed signals. Canvas with brightly coloured topsides attract mates, for example, whereas camouflaged undersides protect against art predators.

Authority is all about domain specificity. Authority is earned, not claimed.