See also: Art
Aka: Generic art
Philip Galanter's definition
Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist creates a process, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedural invention, which is then set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art.
Adrian Ward's definition
Generative art is a term given to work which stems from concentrating on the processes involved in producing an artwork, usually (although not strictly) automated by the use of a machine or computer, or by using mathematic or pragmatic instructions to define the rules by which such artworks are executed. Adrian Ward, on Generative.net web site.
(Definitions taken from Generative.net Wiki: Generative Art Definition excluding minor formatting changes)
More definitions and thoughts
- Debris Visual Art by Brennan Underwood. Grabs random pictures via $search engine and 'mixes' those. Repeat until user break. Montage is a similar problem.
- Kandid (Sourceforge), a generic, evolutionary art system programmed in Java.
- typoGenerator - Web-based, simple generative art.
- Raymond Kurzweil - AARON, a screensaver implementation.
- Programs - Some simple demo generative programs.