Sequence from the evolution of form
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First INA Research Pixel Prize
93 Imagina's proceeding pp258-265
The paper focuses on new Artificial life and evolution techniques and
their use to make art. The paper proposes the concept of "Artist as
Gardener" aesthetically breeding, selecting and splicing forms in an
accelerated evolution environment of three dimensional sculptural forms.
In the first phase the artist is "creator" and sets up the rules of
Artificial life such as : random genetic mutation, geometry, a swirling
vortex. In Latham's geometric model, 3D forms are composed of "horns"
which can be joined end to end to create complex biomorphic skeletal
structures. These horns can be spiralled, branched, fractal and it is
their geometrical genes which are mutated over time by evolution and
Having created this virtual garden the artist interactively works within
the garden constrained by the rules of artificial life. Like a gardener
breeding the perfect rose, the artist tries to breed aesthetic sculptural
forms. A number of techniques such as marriage, breeding, gene freezing,
structure mutation can be used by the artist. The next phase is to animate
this evolution. The Animation is controlled by a biological clock which
triggers life cycle events such as; birth, maturity and decay. The process
of "birth" is for the offspring sculpture to be born through a hollow tube
coming out of the parent sculpture. "Maturity" is the time for breeding.
The process of "death" is the desintegration of the sculpture.
Behavioural interaction between sculptures enable sculptures to orbit and
flow around one another to create the effect of flocking.
The paper also focuses on specific issues such as structure mutation,
navigation through gene space by steering, automatic selection (no human
involved) and problems in controlling behavioural flocking.
The artistic ideas of the Latham are embodied in the software so that the
artist is no longer creating an individual artwork but setting up the
rules for an infinity of creation. The artist then becomes a gardener at
the centre of a web of evolution.
Some internal links :
- Same Author
- The conquest of form
- Same Institute
- The conquest of form
Some more Comments :
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