无言斋由xell进行随机更新,他是Einstein意义上的无神论者,Hayek意义上的自由主义者,Popper意义上的理性主义者,目前正在从事不赚钱的跨学科研究,最喜欢吃白切鸡,不看电视,认为一首歌的词和曲同样重要,坚决主张人权高于宠物权,擅长使用计算机、看书和睡觉,不擅长经商以及成为公务员。虽然他是Google的拥护者,但他愿意公布的电邮地址是(同这个页面风格一样简单的)xell@w.cn
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My current research focuses on the evolutionary mechanism of art history. The basic philosophy of it comes from the thoughts of complex systems theory, especially the concept of emergence. Generally speaking, the Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation is introduced as the framework, and the major methods include Complex Network Analysis and Evolutionary Computation. Those approaches response to the characteristics of the issue in question by the following ways:

1. An agent-based model is used to simulate the actions and interactions of/among artists. The evolving of this model shows a dynamical system whose high-level properties are all emergent phenomena produced by individual but inter-connective agents. 

2. The agents(i.e. the artists), which are endowed with some kind of capacity, propensity and aesthetic chromosomes, connect each other in the form of networked activities, by which the local knowledge will be emphasized opposed to traditional models which always have universal dispositions. And right here comes the network analysis.

3. The artists create art works according to their endowed and dynamically changed aesthetic chromosomes, which are built by symbols and have the ability of crossover and mutation. The aggregates of individual chromosomes will give birth to the art styles, art schools and so forth.

The key points here are the historical scope and the translation between scientific languages, which are characterized by falsifiability and verifiability, and artistic languages, which remain mysterious, inexpressible and irrational. By historical scope I mean that the analysis will try to take the evolution as a whole and treat it diachronically. And the war between sciences and arts, which is the main topic in most interdisciplinary studies, should be circumvented wisely. In this context, the fitness function needs be constructed properly to reflect the unique features of arts.

Other questions include whether this research is empirical, say, in the meaning that the output data fit the situation historiometrically. The most important insight about computer simulation is that simulations abstract the reality and bring out heuristic results which can not be obtained through normal ways, although one of its goals, perhaps the most valuable one, is to mirror the reality.


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