using randomness is one thing. developing a whole poetics in which it's
important is quite another. functionally and philosophically, poetically.
who did that. and howso, briefly?
one of the inerestin things about gregory chaitin's work, the
mathematician/logician i mentioned, is he talks about randomness in a
lot of different approaches to its relation to various things.
basically, he brings the random into strong relation to
meta-mathematics, to understanding some very juicy properties of meta-math.
for instance, he argues that most things that are true are true for no
reason. that's a great argument. and he talks about the information
content of a real number. many real numbers contain infinitely much
information. you can fit all knowledge in one of these puppies. in just
one real number.
chaitin brings the random into fascinating relation with the realm of
meta-math and philosophy.
artists tend to bring it home in other ways.
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