Jan 27, 2017 - 0 Comments - Cellular Automata -

Painting with power


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I often like to quote things that have never been said before.  The “quote style” of writing has a whole new feel to it and instantly transforms an otherwise common place statement into the realm of the legendary.  In the same way I’ve often wanted to take images like the one above and make them into CD music covers that have yet to be made.  It’s like the crazy stuff in the old TV series, In Search Of: we don’t care if it’s not really true because wild “theory” is a magical form of lies and becomes a kind of science fiction that has a strange new appeal and almost infinite potential.  Call it creative non-fiction:  History before it happens: Pre-recorded history.

These things are drawn in seconds and that’s in batches of 12 or 24 or whatever size you want.  They’re then breeded with each other to come up with a new generation to focus on the specific visual genes of the parent images.  It’s a program called, Kandid and is referred to as Genetic Art.  It’s pretty weird to use because you really do “breed” visual parameters multiplying the variations of the parent genes (two images) over the unselected others in the previous set.

It’s bold and very digital and you need to have a special sensitivity electronic imagery to appreciate it or to even start to appreciate it.  Art is hard to define and I think the only logical starting place is your own mind.  If you find something engaging then that’s the first test.  Should anyone else in the world agree then that’s the second.  But art is elected one vote at a time.

I love the triangles.  So monotonous and repetitive but couldn’t the human face or the landscape around us, the two greatest artistic themes be described in the same way?  It’s the little variations that give the meaning and the message.  I’m also not posting the huge pile of junk the program produced in the process of making these few images.

A cliff and side of a power dam.  Patterns produce much of what we see in art, I think, so algorithms are not really so clumsy at producing art as one would expect.  Especially when it comes to the sensation of vertigo.

Almost the same image but just with different color genes.

Comic book like.  Superman’s Fortress of Solitude seen from the outside.

Cellular automata ought to be as exciting as a piece of asphalt pavement or a patch of concrete.  Well, actually it is 99% of the time but the productive power of a computerized algorithm quickly turns that 1% into something substantial.