Generative art

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Generative art is art or design generated, composed, or constructed through computer software algorithms, or similar mathematical or mechanical autonomous processes. The most common forms of generative art are graphics that visually represent complex processes, music, or language-based compositions like poetry. Other applications include architectural design, models for understanding sciences such as evolution, and artificial intelligence systems.

"Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist uses a system, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedural invention, which is set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art."

– Philip Galanter from What is Generative Art? Complexity Theory as a Context for Art Theory


External links

  • generative.net (http://www.generative.net/) web site, wiki and mailing list dedicated to promoting the discussion and understanding of generative art.
  • Debris Visual Art (http://www.badmofo.org/debris/) by Brennan Underwood. Grabs random pictures from the Web and 'mixes' them to create a surreal painting-like display that develops over time and never repeats.

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  • Processing (http://www.processing.org/) Free programming tool intended for visual artists. Uses a simplified syntax on top of Java to allow easy experimentation with generative strategies.
  • Texts by Philip Galanter (http://www.philipgalanter.com/academics/index.htm) Texts on the principles of generative art.
  • C.E.B. Reas (http://www.reas.com/) An artist who exploreres generative processes to create images with a painterly quality. Alumni of John Maeda's Aesthetics & Computation Group at MIT Media Lab.
  • Ben Fry (http://www.benfry.com/) Uses computational processes to visualize complex data systems in innovative ways. An artist of the database.
  • "The Methodology of Generative Art" (http://www.mediaartnet.org/themes/generative-tools/generative-art/) Text by Tjark Ihmels and Julia Riedel.
  • Re-move (http://www.re-move.org/) The web site of Austrian generative artist Lia, whose software works focus on abstraction and interaction between sound and image.
  • Marius Watz (http://www.unlekker.net/) Artist using computational processes to create organic visuals.
  • Generative Art Programs (http://www.soban-art.com/download.asp) Free download of generative art programs - Visual Basic exe.
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