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Probabilistic Cellular Automata in the Visual Arts

Roeland M.H. Merks (2018) Probabilistic Cellular Automata in the Visual Arts. In: Louis PY., Nardi F. (eds) Probabilistic Cellular Automata. Emergence, Complexity and Computation, vol 27. Springer, Cham.

Probabilistic Cellular Automata in the Visual Arts

In January 1970, computer scientist Leo Geurts walked into Swart Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to see the solo exhibition by Dutch artist Peter Struycken (The Netherlands, 1939). He was struck by Struycken’s black and white works “Computerstructuren” (1969), which were painted after grid patterns generated by algorithms. Geurts assumed that they must have been produced using cellular automata. He started working with Lambert Meertens at Mathematisch Centrum (now CWI) in Amsterdam to make a similar work. [ link ]