Generative Art: Algorithms as Artistic Tool

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Durvile & UpRoute Books, Dec 15, 2019 - Art - 272 pages
Generative art, a relatively new form of art, is the art of the algorithm where an artist must carefully design the nature of their art work and then instruct a computer to implement the vision. It is an important transformational art technology, well-positioned to inform the expressive realm of artificial intelligence. J.R. Parker's book Generative Art: Algorithms as Artistic Tool presents generative art principles, and "Processing" sketchbook programming lessons in the same book. It presents a way to create generative art by combining the use of creative coding with art and design best practices. Readers have access to code used in the book through the book's web site at, and video podcasts tutorials are also available for each chapter at

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About the AuthorDr. J.R. Parker ("Call me Jim") studied mathematics and computer science before ending up as a Professor of Art at the University of Calgary. His expertise ranges from computer simulation, image processing, artificial intelligence, game design, and generative art. When asked, he claims to be an expert in 'complex interacting systems', but don't ask him to tie a half hitch. He lives on a small ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where he helps raise small animals and Tennessee Walking Horses. He's also quite a cook, and was the original bass player for the 1970s band "Detour".

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