18 Sep 2008

Example for emergence: painting

Posted by jofr

A painting is a nice example for a simple case of emergence. Consider for example a classic painting from Rembrandt, like his self-portrait on the left hand. It can be resolved into a frame, a canvas and the different chemical substances which produce certain colors. If we resolve the painting into these different substances, the painting itself gets lost, which arises in the creative process of combining colors with different intensity. The painting emerges from the unique combination of colored points, strokes and lines created by the painter.

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