Han Yu Looking Outwards 06

Hiroshi Kawano, Design 3-1: Color Markov Chain Pattern, 1964

Hiroshi Kawano is a Japanese artist pioneered in the field of generative art. He was one of the first generative artists who believed the possibly of using a computer to program artistic works. Color Markov Chain Pattern was one of Hiroshi’s most famous work. It was created in 1964 after Hiroshi was inspired by the writings of the German philosopher Max Bense who wrote about the using scientific metrics to program beauty. This piece of work was also referred as the digital mondrians. Hiroshi wrote computer programs with complex mathematical algorithms involve random processes because although he set the rules for picture, he wasn’t able to pin down the actual result without printing. Hiroshi masterfully mixed subjective randomness with computational randomness together in his works. In the early sixties when computers were still giant machines that takes up a whole room, Hiroshi was the first to think it as a medium to create art. His works truly pioneered in the field of computational art and influenced many later works.

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