Computer Generated Art: Explore Emergence

Create computer generated art and learn about emergence at The Emergent Universe, an online interactive science museum.

Growing Art

This cubist cityscape has no artist. It was grown by a computer program following simple rules. Just as in the crystal growth of snowflakes, a new pattern is generated every time.

How it works:

Initial, or “seed,” cracks are placed at random. Each subsequent crack is then started from a random point on an existing crack and continued out nearly perpendicularly until another crack is encountered. A sand painting pattern, in colors sampled randomly from a Jackson Pollock, is grown from each crack.

Resources

Generative Art

Flickr groups for computationally generated art and design:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/generatorx/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/_aa/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/processing/

More beautiful Processing applets by J. Tarbell: http://www.complexification.net/gallery/

The open source Processing programming language, popular with generative artists: http://www.processing.org/

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generative art, generative graphics

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