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Welcome to the Generative Art Wiki

This wiki is dedicated to gathering and presenting information about generative art. What is generative art?

Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist uses a system that operates with some degree of autonomy, and contributes to or results in a completed work of art. Systems may include natural language instructions, biological or chemical processes, computer programs, machines, self-organizing materials, mathematical operations, and other procedural inventions.

If you are new to generative art you may want to begin with the Introduction to Generative Art page of this wiki. Also please note:

Selected Generative Art Links - click here
Generative Art Bibliography - click here

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Generative Art Wiki Created

This site is in active development this fall of 2009.


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Generative Art Theory

Introduction to Generative Art

Complexity theory and complexism, Rules based fine art in the 20th century, Poststructural theories of authorship, Generative art after computers

Generative Art Genres

Architecture, The code as art movement, Computer animation and effects, Computer graphics, Conceptual and minimal art, The demo scene, Design, Electronic music, Islamic art, Live coding, Math art, Music composition, Pattern based folk art and decoration, Physical computing, Robotic art, VJ culture

Simple Highly Ordered Systems

Loops & serial art, Mapping / transforms / hysteresis, Scale manipulation, Symmetry & regular patterns, The grid, Tiling theory, Numerical series, The golden section & fibonocci series, Iterative construction, Combinatorial construction

Simple Highly Disordered Systems

A brief taxonomy of chance in art, Chance operations & probability theory, Notes for artists using random numbers, Noise & random number generators, Unpredictable physical systems

Complex Systems

Finite state machines & markov processes, Shape grammars, Fractals, L-systems, L-systems II, Fuzzy logic, Neural networks, Cellular automata, Reaction-diffusion systems, Catastrophe theory, Chaotic systems, Evolutionary systems & genetic algorithms, Artificial life

Artists

Carl Andre, Mauro Annunziato, Mehmet (aka Memo) Akten, Collette & Charles Bangart, San Base, Mel Bochner, William Burroughs, John Cage, Harold Cohen, Nick Collins, Chuck Csuri, Larry Cuba, Hans Dehlinger, Alan Dorin, Scott "Spot" Draves, Marcel Duchamp, Brian Eno, M. C. Esher, Karlheinz Essl, Brian Evans, Helaman Ferguson, Michael Gogins, Lauri Gröhn, Hans Haacke, Paul Harrison, Jean Pierre Hebert, Paul Hertz, Daniel C. Howe, Donald Judd, Yoichira Kawaguchi, Ellsworth Kelly, Mario Klingemann, Ken Knowlton, William Latham, Matthew Lewis, Sol Lewitt, Patrick Lichty, Brian Lytle, Jon McCormack, Francois Morellet, Paul Mogenson, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnar , Daro Montag, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rob Myers, Jack Ox, Thomas Petersen, Don Relyea, Tony Robbins, Douglas Repetto, Kenneth E. Rinaldo, Terri Riley, Karsten Schmidt, Antoine Schmitt, Karl Sims, John F. Simon Jr, Robert Smithson, Bogdan Soban, Celestino Soddu, Frank Stella, Pall Thayer, Jer Thorp, Steina & Woody Vasulka, Roman Verostko, Leo Villareal, Bill Viola, Adrian Ward, Andy Warhol, Marius Watz, Mark Wilson, Jaka Železnikar,

Editing and Use

Unlike some other wikis, the Generative Art Wiki is not open to public authoring or editing. I will be writing much of the content and acting as editor for other invited contributors. If you have a particular expertise in some aspect of generative art and would like to contribute to this effort, please contact me via email.

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- Philip Galanter

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