Mondrian on Fyre

The way I’ve come to see it is that Algorithmic Art is like a sports league. Programs are the players of the sport and the authors of the programs, the programmers, are like the parents of the players. The operator of the program (artist) is the coach.

The job of the coach is to figure out what the program does best and get it to focus on those skills and leave its other capabilities alone for the time being. The parents may protest and try to tell the coach what their kids are best at, or what they were designed to do, but a good coach ignores all this and concentrates on making the team sucessfull.

In defense of the parents, they’ve done such a good job in making the program and building it’s inner workings that they can’t be expected to know everything the program is capable of, just as the inventor of something like the saxophone or electric guitar couldn’t possible envision all the different ways musicians would discover to play those instruments.

I’m sure the author of Fyre didn’t imagine it being used to make these frames and boxes. Fyre generally makes flame type images like Apophysis does, but in a much simpler way (so far). Being one-color really limits it’s creative abilities because color can add a whole new dimension to imagery. One the other hand, there’s a lot of really good photography that’s been done in black and white. In fact, the single color mode offers great opportunities for high contrast and stark surface textures.

The high contrast and surface texture of minimalist furniture and room partitions. The square compartments are similar to Mondrian’s famous series of colored-block paintings. Various types of wood-laminate display cabinets. Some even suggest rice paper sliding doors and partitions. Or steel window frames.

They’re very easy to make. You just keep pushing the random example button until you come to one that looks reasonably square, and then you tweak the A, B, C or D dimension to make it really smooth and sharp. It’s like arranging a pile of square pieces of paper. Then you adjust one or two of the other dimensions to move the inner frames and pieces around.

I’m not sure how I stumbled on these types of images. They look pretty bland compared to the regular big and swirly things that are Fyre generates. Maybe they are bland. I don’t know why I find these things so compelling.

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