A metamorphic reinvention of the Grid: Modernism had the Grid, Post-Modernism has the Network

 
 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MOTIF

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Minimalism at the end of the Modernist period championed the grid as an emblem of both social conformity and standardisation, and as a clear departure from the masculinised gestural painting of the Abstract Expressionists.  Mechanical reproduction was favoured over the creative touch of the artist raising further the question of the unique art object.  

The network structure is a contemporary revision of the grid.    It reflects not only the human body and brain, but social networks, cityscapes, the organic growth of rhizome roots and the geography of the digital world through its horizontal web of interconnected nodes.

Technologically we can look at the development of interactive systems, the internet of things,  and the rise of Neural Networks, the branch of Artificial Intelligence that uses learning algorithms to process huge quantities of information to mirror cognitive processes.