Generative art refers to art that is created by a system that operates autonomously. The artist may create the system, and/or set some parameters that affect the outcome, but the result is created, at least in part, by the system rather than directly by the artist. Generative art systems are frequently computer programs, although biological, social, or other systems may also be used to generate art.
An important characteristic of generative art works is the surprise we encounter while making them. That is, you never know precisely what will happen. Intriguingly, since the outcome of a generative art system is not fully predetermined, variations are expected and surprising! You can think of this like a good conversation—you don’t know exactly what your partner is going to say, and the serendipity of the exchange is an important reason for having the conversation in the first place. Similarly, you don’t know (precisely) what you’re going to get from a generative art experience. This emergent serendipity is one of the most wonderful things about making generative art.
This workshop is for teachers and anyone else interested in
generative art. The material is suitable for students ages eight
and older. Some prior experience and familiarity with Scratch
and/or TurtleArt is a helpful foundation for participation.
ResourcesScratch Studio for the workshop: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/5207280/
Scratch Studio for a similar workshop at the 2016 MIT Scratch Conference: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/2941611/
Articles about Generative Art
Web-based Generative Art tools
Examples of Generative Art (computational)
Artists who might be considered exemplars, or pioneers of Generative Art (non- or pre-computational)
Turtle Art is
a blocks programming environment for creating drawings and for
explorations at the intersection of art, mathematics, and
Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world.
MediaMilitia (introduction to other tools)
Processing for generative art (Processing is a java based programming language often used by artists and designers)