Computational, generative art

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Computational, generative art

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Jared Tarbell is an artist and programmer who does gorgeous computational art, coded in the Processing language. And not only are the finished pieces amazing (and available for purchase), but you can also “run” the art, see it grown in a pop-up applet.

Generative Artifacts – Computation Gallery [Thanks, Patti!] – Link

16 thoughts on “Computational, generative art

  1. AP says:

    These are written in Processing (java), not Flash.

  2. macegr says:

    Substrate (the first picture in this post) is available in Xscreensaver on the various operating systems that can use it.

  3. oscar says:

    The Flash stuff is on his other site, levitated.net. Different style, but also some very cool stuff.

  4. iZ says:

    We’ve built a (free) Flash based computational art generator that is currently in beta. You can check out some videos and screenies of it in action here: http://a.viary.com/blog/peacock/

  5. cyenobite says:

    And… check out Lenny on flickr. He’s doing some pretty amazing stuff with processing and a laser cutter.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lennyjpg/

  6. Arkku says:

    I’ve also implemented an optimized and more user-configurable version of the Substrate effect (first picture) as an open source Mac OS X screensaver, available here (top of the page): http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/kkuloves/downloads.shtml

    Apart from computational optimizations, this version also allows some different-looking effects to be achieved, for example a darker look or one with curved lines only.

  7. JP says:

    I http://www.diyblog.net/processing/circle-packing

    There’s a very well done book about it: Processing – A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. ISBN: 9780262182621

  8. JP says:

    Sorry, Scratch the previous entry.

    I <3 Processing. I’ve been checking it out for a while now and recently started experimenting: http://www.diyblog.net/processing/circle-packing

    There’s a very well done book about it: Processing – A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. ISBN: 9780262182621

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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