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William Latham

1987 October
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Artist as Gardener

Latham’s artistic process takes place in two stages: creation and gardening. He first creates a system for a 3D virtual world, applying whichever physical and biological rules he chooses: light, colour, gravity, growth and evolution. Latham then becomes a gardener within this world he has created; he selects and breeds sculptural forms as a plant breeder produces flowers. This selection is based on Latham’s aesthetic judgement, a judgement that the computer cannot make itself.