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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:35am - 10:55am
Techne: The Line Between Art And Computation

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Much of today’s art is produced with the assistance of computers and digital technology. Computers are even able to produce artistic works without human interference, once given rules and constraints. These works of art, despite lacking the human touch, can still be aesthetically appealing, even beautiful. Cellular Automation is one of the primary techniques used to produce computer-generated art. It allows individual mathematical models to make choices, either randomly or through guided rulesets. When displayed visually, the results can be striking. Techne is a program that allows a computer to create a work of art, crystalline in design and appearance, with only minimal input from a user. By using Techne, users can witness the strange dichotomy and fusion between natural, mathematical processes and aesthetically pleasing artworks. Techne uses the programming language Processing, a Java-based, object-oriented language developed for visual artists. Users who watch the artwork being “painted” before them were asked a series of questions relating to the visual appeal, beauty, and their interest in the finished product. Techne’s output coupled with the user test results provide unique insight into the way that people react to art that is not entirely born from a human hand.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:35am - 10:55am
125 Rhoades Robinson Hall

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