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 That we are all dependent upon systems so complex that they defeat human understanding is an increasingly familiar feeling. The unfolding catastrophe of climate change and the recent global economic crisis are among the most obvious examples of the failure of systems that humanity has the capacity to influence, but not perfectly to control. 


As it has become that reductive scientific methodologies are insufficient to predict the behaviour of these intricately entangled networks, so the mechanistic worldview of Enlightenment and modernist culture is being challenged, or complemented, by an understanding of complexity and emergence as organising principles. This shift has profound and widespread implications, both theoretical and practical. This project – which takes the form of talks, interviews and newly commissioned content – asks how art can reflect these new ways of thinking. 


About Modern Forms


Modern Forms is an art collection and editorial platform that supports contemporary art and culture. It was founded by collector Hussam Otaibi and Creative Director Nick Hackworth. 


About ArtReview


ArtReview is one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines, dedicated to expanding contemporary art’s audience and reach. Aimed at both a specialist and a general audience, ArtReview and its sister publication ArtReview Asia feature a mixture of criticism, reviews, reportage and specially commissioned artworks, and offers the most established, in-depth and intimate portrait of international contemporary art in all its shapes and forms.