Generative Art
Quayola – Pleasant Places

Quayola’s Pleasant Places is a series of six images formed from videos of trees. The videos are used to generate art by being run through filters which analyze the movement in each video and treat them as brush strokes similar to some kind of controlled motion blur – the leaves and branches do the majority of the painting in this process due to the fact that they’re the most mobile part of the tree. I thought the results were particularly compelling in that they do not look generative, but resemble a form of impressionism. I also thought it was interesting that parts of the original video show up in some of the stills, but does not look out of place