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Re: primary art and computers

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taylorh (taylorh)
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 08:09:26 -0700 (MST)


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On Thu, 23 Jul 1998, katie allen wrote:

> I was talking to an artist who uses computer programs to create
> artworks, he said that the real 'cutting edge' computer artists are the
> one's that program the computer to do the artwork rather than the ones
> who just use the ready made tools on the readymade program. What do you
> think of this?

I'd tend to agree. For one thing it seems a little silly to use the
computer to emulate other media... just as it seems silly in the early
photographs to find photographers emulating painters. True, emulating
media makes more sense, but most of the tools are developed by non-artists
and are far from intuitive translations.

The program Aaron is an interesting one done by a british painter for his
own use not commercially available. Aaron has 'learned' to draw and
creates new and unique works each time. images of people and landscape. It
tok quite a while to learn how to draw things in fron of or behind other
things without leaving foreground or background objects appearing
transparent.

Imogene is a shareware program out on the web based on genetic algorithms.
The artist literally 'breeds' the imagery by selecting favorites out of a
collection of 9 images offered by the program for each generation. Imogene
is biased towards abstract/non-representational imagery but can be
'forced' to breed towards alien landscapes.

In a school setting Imogene would be a fun and useful way for a student to
learn aspects of design and composition. Its possible to generate hundreds
of Imogene's thumbnail images in a short period of time. Imagery can be
very painterly or hard edged.

I'll attach a sample imogene image so that at least some of you can get an
idea of how painterly the work can be... its also,possible to go in the
opposite direction and aim for hard edged geometric or fractal effects.

-henry

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