Re: BioGraphy: An Evolutionary Art Imaging System

Gina Miller (
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 12:42:41 -0700

Nanogirls art at

>The problem here is likely how you define art, and that is of course messy.
>> The hundreds of choices a person makes at each step leads to a very
>> expressive image of that persons' cumulative choices. Give two people the
>> same seed images and their end results will be completely different.
>> It also takes some skill to evolve really good images. Some people just
>> can't seem to get the hang of it. Since these images are generated by
>> individual expression and intention, and requires an element of skill,
>> are often damned pretty, why would it not be art?
>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 :-)
>One complaint against much electronic art I have heard is that it
>doesn't relate to the human. I don't see that as a problem since I
>think there can be great art relating to non/trans/posthuman stuff. It
>is just that humans can more easily relate to human stuff (but that is
>just bias, of course).
>Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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