Ideas as artistic machines.

Artsy defines “Generative Art” as works created through the use of autonomous systems such as: natural language rules, algorithms, genetic sequences, machines, or procedural interventions.

The various implementation of these processes yields a range of results, from ordered artworks to others created by randomization. Different examples of Generative Art come from throughout art history, from the structured geometric tiling of Islamic Art to Minimalist and Conceptual artists who constructed works based on number systems and formal rules.

Contrary to what we might think this kind of work is not strictly confined to the domain of the digital technologies, and the pieces of art of Sol Lewitt are proof of this statement. Instead of creating a single wall mural the artist wrote instructions on how to proceed to make the painting so that it would be reproducible and could be created by a collaborative team of skilled artists or fabricators. As Jessica Angel states in her blog, Lewitt explored the relationship between the idea and the final product outlining the concept and fully defining the work.

“The idea becomes the machine that makes the art”,
Sol Lewitt.

Still to this day is hard for us to understand that ideas (algorithms?) can become artistic machines… it´s time to start designing systems that show creative behavior in an automatic way!


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