The Art of Complex Systems Science

Karen Cham

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The scientific study of complex systems encompasses more than one theoretical framework, as it is has had to be highly interdisciplinary in seeking answers to fundamental questions about adaptable, changeable systems. Representing this knowledge in a usable way is one of the key ways of understanding complex systems behaviours and developing a workable complex systems science. It is in the arts that one finds expert knowledge and practices for innovation in representation; documentation, visualisation, simulation and embodiment are all artistic methods that can represent complex systems. This paper aims to set out the proposal that a post-structuralist approach can deliver ontological bases that will provide complex systems science not simply with diagrams and maps, nor even with the workable metaphors of visualisation, simulation and embodiment but with visualisability; that most elusive and 'scientific' of representations that shares a generative semantic relation with that which it represents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbracing Complexity in Design
EditorsKaterina Alexiou, Jeffrey Johnson, Theodore Zamenopoulos
ISBN (Print)9780415497008
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2009


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