The Ontogenetics Process Group

The Ontogenetics Process Group


Patricia Pisters (UvA)

Adam Nocek (UvA)

Led by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Visiting Researcher Adam Nocek of Arizona State University, the Ontogenetics Process Group consists of Stuart Kauffman, Giuseppe Longo, Cary Wolfe, Helga Wild, Gaymon Bennett, Sha Xin Wei, Phillip Thurtle, Erin Espilie, Michael Epperson and Patricia Pisters. As part of the IAS’s ArtScience initiative, the group base their work on a deep and sustained engagement with biological, physical, and computational sciences, operating in conjunction with anthropological, philosophical, and artistic modes of inquiry. The researchers in the group examine how the reigning models of complexity need to be paired with non-algorithmic modes of inquiry in order to better express the processual and emergent unfolding of living worlds. It is in an effort to bring this shared perspective into sharp focus that the group pays special attention to the rich conceptual terrain shared by the biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, art-based research, and the theoretical humanities.