Re: BioGraphy: An Evolutionary Art Imaging System

Anders Sandberg (
11 Jun 1999 17:58:46 +0200

"Michael S. Lorrey" <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > Exactly. I would say art (as opposed to "just" beauty) comes from the
> > application of a selective process (not necessarily by humans, but at
> > least by some kind of thinking system). Of course, evolutionary art is
> > in many ways the purest for of art in that respect since it relies on
> > minimal control and only works by selection :-)
> Ah, but if it is natural selection, then it is not art. Art is created by
> intention, not by accident. While there is much natural beauty in the world, one
> does not call the Yosemite Valley 'art'. Images of the Yosemite Valley that are
> created by man are art.

Yes, but the thinking syste part was just about intention. Then of course it might not matter much except for who to praise/blame/pay.

Something that interests me much is evolutionary art where the creator has very little control over the system but it still produces beauty. Very hard to do, and it blurs the lines of intentionality even more.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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