Alexandra Kaplan – Looking Outwards – 06

What the E-volver looks like
Illustrates the human interaction component

The concept of the project E-volver (created in 2006) is to have humans introduce the concept of randomness. It is a software that has an “image breeding machine” that a human “gardener” can collaborate with in order to create a piece of art. I am not completely sure how the algorithm works, but it seems that there are 4 animations that go into it and randomly interact with each other. Humans add another component of randomness to it by choosing an image to be left out of the algorithm until the next person comes by and chooses the image they wish to be left out. I thought that this project was really interesting in how it had an interactive component that was essential to the purpose of the piece.

Video of one of the final pieces of art.

Daniel Teague – Looking Outwards 06 – Randomness

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I found this by quite literally searching “random art.” It was one of the first few things to come up. It uses an algorithm to “randomly generate” art based on the title people input. While this isn’t true randomness, it does add a factor of randomness into the mix. I think that’s what I like about this: it has kind of randomness that makes the art meaningful based on what people put into it.

Note: I was unable to obtain a photo or other media item to display on this page. I recommend going to the site for examples of the art.

Sharon Yang Looking Outwards -06 Randomness in Art

Vladimir Kanic’s Random Generative Art

Generative art pieces based on randomness that I find admirable is Vladimir Kanic’s art pieces. The artist was inspired by chaos theory and explored using randomness as a structure of his works. The type, the genre and the content of his works were determined through observing and measuring random events. In order to do this, he devised a system which models randomness called ‘Magic Box’, which is twelve boxes being given to random art directors, and each one put a random number of randomly selected objects inside. Then, a group of random people placed the objects in the boxes a completely random and unorganized stash, and the artist chose one of the boxes to generate art out of it. He mainly created a film out of these random objects, generating patterns using various algorithms to create even more randomness in his pieces.

Catherine Coyle – Looking Outwards – 06

Jackson Pollock is on of my favorite artists and as he was mentioned in the description for this assignment, his work with ‘drip painting’ (splatter paint) is the definition of randomness in art.

Pollock’s work ‘Autumn Rhythm’


It is hard to say what his intentions and feelings were when making these paintings, I’ve heard this style called ‘action painting’ because the artist can literally be just throwing paint at the canvas. In this way, the art can feel very emotional while also being completely random. There’s no real way/reason to predict where the paint will land on the canvas, but that is part of the emotion and feeling behind it.

I think Pollock’s work in this area is very admirable as it was extremely experimental but it caught on. I think it is amazing how even pure randomness can create beautiful artworks.

Sophie Chen – Looking Outwards – 06

Post-Digital Mirror by Pascal Dombis

Post-Digital Mirror (B4, B5 & B6), 2010 / Exhibition view, Eurasia, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012

Exhibited all over the world, these images are created by French artist Pascal Dombis through manipulating computer generated hyper-structures which he synthesizes into abstract digital paintings.  Dombis uses computer algorithms to create excessive repetitions of simple processes that create unpredictable and dynamic visual results. More specifically, Dombis uses an elementary warped prototype as his computational starting point, computing the curved geometric element that ends up forming these intricate configurations that would be impractical to generate manually. I really appreciate the digital yet organic quality to these pieces, and there’s something about having these intricate digital and generated content printed out physically and placed in a gallery that I find very refreshing and appealing. The random and digital nature combined with the tangibility and scale of the physical prints makes these pieces very intentional and I would love to see them in person someday.

Post-Digital Mirror (A6 & A7), 2014 / Exhibition view, Monochrome, The Société, Brussels,BE / Lenticular print on aluminum composite, 2 panels, 1.10 × 1.80 m (each) / Photo : Freddy D’hoe
Post-Digital, TZR Galerie Kai Brückner, Düsseldorf, 2013 / Exhibition view

Kevin Riordan Looking Outwards-06-Section C

Abstraction. 2005 by Bogdan Soban

For this week’s looking outwards I looked at a project by Bogdan Soban, who uses random generative processes to create artwork. One example is Abstraction, done in 2005 by this random algorithm. I admire how every piece he makes with this process ends up looking completely different, in every way possible. The style and color palette are unique to each art piece. He uses Visual Basic to create the art, and uses a random number generator to calculate the seed start time for the generative process. I admire the algorithms he has created more than this specific piece, and am using it only as an example. He has created many different programs that create different style pieces, such as CREATOR, DISCOVERER, COLLAGE, and more. He even released these programs for free on his site, and below are two images showing the interfaces for two of these programs.

Interface for CREATOR
Interface for DISCOVERER

Hannah Cai—Looking Outwards-06

This simulation, created with Processing, utilizes randomness in simulating evolution. In each “generation,” 1000 creatures are created and the 500 that “walk” the furthest distance forward survive; new creatures are generated based on the survivors, and so on. I thought this was a fun and interesting application of randomness. Some of the early creatures are really derpy and funny, which is cute. But the really cool thing is seeing how much the creatures adapt after a couple of generations, and how certain “species” eventually dominate, ending up with one best optimized model. Since randomness is inherent in many parts of our everyday lives, it makes sense that randomness in computation, especially in experiments like this, can be very useful. I can see this type of prototyping being used in developing robot motion, finding the most aerodynamic shape for a plane, etc.

Yoo Jin Shin-LookingOutwards-06


ffttfftt by Manolo Gamboa Naon

The generative art above is one of six pieces in the series, ffttfftt by creative coder Manolo Gamboa Naon from Argentina. Naon uses programming and randomness in geometric patterns (in this case, circles and rectangles), textures, and overloading to create series of generative art that share similar vibes, but differ in the specific position, size, and color of each element. I think it’s cool how despite being random, this piece seems fairly ordered and in harmony. If you don’t look carefully, the six pieces in the series look almost identical! I also like the color palette of this piece and how Naon uses mostly the three primary colors in higher saturation for the larger top-layer elements, and more pale colors for the background layer.

Jenni Lee — Looking Outwards 06

Mark Wilson - 'e4708'Mark Wilson’s Piece titled “e4708”

For this week’s looking outwards, I chose one of Mark Wilson’s generative art pieces titled “e4708.” I found the history of this piece to be particularly intriguing– Wilson began learning programming in order to create computer-generated artwork. With his distinct technological flavor to this unique, bright, colorful imagery, his computer-generated work quickly rose to fame. I found this piece to not only be visually engaging and hypnotizing, but also intellectually stimulating, as this was computer-generated with complex, technological layers.

Read more about it here

Justin Yook – Looking Outwards 06

Isohedral III

Isohedral III by Tyler Hobbs is one of his many algorithmic computational art that uses the concept of randomness. In contrast to his other art, I think Isohedral III is most interesting because it is clear on how he uses randomness of shapes, patterns, and colors. For example, one can see how all the shapes such as spirals, circles, and radial lines have repetitions, but when they are put together in random ways, they create random tile shapes throughout. Unfortunately, Hobbs does not share his source code to the public. His artistic sensibilities are shown from his color arrangement; the way the overall color scheme changes from blue, to red, to green is eye popping, and complement each other very well.