Machines may not be able to find you the date of your dreams, but they sure can paint. This art is being made by an algorithm. A “life game” algorithm, to be exact. All decisions about which ink to drop and where to drop it are remotely controlled by the ever-changing calculation that predicts the growth of living systems.
Nor, the designers of this project, explain that Dyebirth was inspired by living systems like dendrites and bacterial colonies. The inks used in the paintings have different viscosities and properties, which interact and “bloom” over time after being dripped onto the painting. As they “grow,” they resemble the biological systems that planted the idea.
If you’d like to see this quirky algorithmic artist in action, it’s painting away right now in Harajuku, every day until November 1, 2018.
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
This exhibit is part of Tokyo DesignArt week, which is staging various exhibits all over Harajuku, Omotesando and Gaienmae through this weekend. Be sure to check the dates of stuff you plan to see – some have already finished.
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