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    I've been working for a while with Processing. Most of my recent work with the language has been generative scripts which through some iterated process builds complex imagery. This series of work stems from some of my older drawings and illustrations. I realized that what interested me about the imagery was not the specific composition but the textures, forms, not a particular drawing. I also realized that the processes I was following could be easily done by a computer. Although some might think this takes a lot from the work, I think of computers as just another tool.

    I would love to hear any comments or critique people have. Most of this work is still very much in progress, so let me know what you think. There is also more work, from the same and different scripts, in my blog.







    Thu, Feb 5, 2009  Permanent link
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    notthisbody     Fri, Feb 6, 2009  Permanent link
    First of all, thanks for the images! I especially find the anemone very beautiful.

    I've been doing a little research into generative art lately. I'm somewhat clear on the concept of setting rules, laws, working with particle generation, etc.

    Is there a way to input datasets into Processing? or any other similar program? I'm really not very clear on what I mean myself, but I'd almost like to see Processing work as a visualization engine in which some of the 'rules' are defined by the semantic information input into the algorithms, and gives a semantic information output. I think the output's important. Again, it's the way you write the algorithm that determines your output. Then you could explore data solely visually, create your art there, then examine the data outputs, and what sense is made by forms, textures, etc. Or just examine the data outputs, then see it visually...knowledge art.

    I read a little bit you can create 'feedback' on a generative system, interacting with the system as you go...so is generative knowledge art customized visualization of interaction with information?

    dunno. what are your thoughts?
    ahmattox     Fri, Feb 6, 2009  Permanent link
    Yes indeed. There is a library for processing which will interpret xml data which can be used for whatever purpose. Most languages have something similar. It's also possible to import any other external document and write your own rules for how the information should be interpreted.

    Many of my scripts are interactive to some degree so I can alter their development, but I'm not quite sure what you are asking.

    I've been working with these media and concepts for a while and kind of making it up as I go. My terms might not be quite right, but I'm having fun with it.
    dreamcrusher     Mon, Mar 30, 2009  Permanent link
    Amazing images! I'd love to see you use text, or maybe even trying an op art approach?
     
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