The process of evolution by natural selection explains how the species change and adapt in the absence of explicit goals or external help. Evolution is a fact. It shows how systems of complex life arise in an autonomous way, from low to high, without there being a central planner or controlling demiurge. In the field of art, methods and processes elaborated with computer codes precisely simulate this principle.

Jon McCormack is one of Australia’s most representative new-media artists, whose work has been shown throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is codirector of the Center for Electronic Media Art of Monash University, in Melbourne, where he also serves as a senior professor of computer science.