More work on generative art

I’ve now improved the system so that it can add images (again selected at random from a prepared subset, and sized and positioned at random.) An interesting conceptual point. It is difficult not to see ‘significance’ in some of the happier random selections. What did the artist ‘mean’ by these juxtapositions? What is he trying…

Purple Mash

A client very kindly took me to dinner on a floating restaurant in Budapest. The main course was duck with purple mashed potato. Why is it that purple or blue food is very unusual, and that food which is the ‘wrong’ colour tastes odd?

Art that makes itself, again.

I tried my hand at generative art, writing a short Python programme using the Python Imaging Library (PIL). After a couple of hours work it can produce some quite interesting images. The size, positioning, transparency, and colour of the blocks are set at random by the system, subject to constraints by the user, as is…

Five robots named Paul

A really interesting video, Five Robots Named Paul, by Patrick Tresset, one of the Lumen 2014 prize winners. Five simple robots draw a model: amazing how good their sketches are.

Art that makes itself.

Went to an exhibition and seminar at Watermans. The exhibition was of works by Paul and Daniel Brown, both of whom spoke in the seminar along with Frieder Nake, in each case about ‘generative art’ – art made by algorithms, where the artist writes the algorithm but does not make the art work directly. Some…