Lecture 02: Generativity

Contemporary Generative art

Some examples to get started.

Here’s a sculpture, NODE10 3931 by John Powers:


How was this made?

Let’s have a look at formalist generative artworks:

Generative works need not be strictly formalist experiments in geometry or abstraction. Some generative works allude directly to figuration, eating, sex, death.

Today’s presentation is about strategies for, and examples of, computationally generative art and design. Here are some examples generating graphic (virtual) images:

And some examples merging computational design & digital fabrication:

Cellular Forms by Andy Lomas:

Case Study: Reaction Diffusion:


Gray-Scott Reaction Diffusion Javascript Chrome Experiment by pmneila.

(Karsten Schmidt) Toxi’s Type & Form logo, using Reaction-Diffusion:

At his blog: Type & Form case study
At Today & Tomorrow: http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2008/07/04/type-form/
At Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/toxi/sets/72157604724789091/

Hodgin’s Reaction-Diffusion Landscape:

Hodgin’s Reaction-Diffusion, Liquid Mirror:

Images generated by Karl Sims:

Brian Knep’s Healing Series:


youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX5kKxH8hLk

Case Study: Voronoi Algorithm:

Scott Snibbe’s Boundary Functions:
Boundary Functions (1998, Scott Snibbe)

Robert Hodgin, Butterfly generation:

Avena Test-Bed by Benedikt Gross


Michael Hansmeyer on Generative Form-Making (11′, from TED):