Artists need to make choices through the generative artwork process. For example, how to target the simulated nature, choose a suitable dataset, and evaluate the results of the generation.
What is the preference of different artists? What are the factors that influence the choices? What are the criteria of beauty? With these questions in mind, this symposium, entitled “Artists Make Choice”, explores the thinking and challenges involved in creating aesthetic artworks and new life.
Three keynote speakers will share their thoughts on the artistic creation of artificial life in the field of computation and software. The speakers will demonstrate and explore how artist may generate artworks and create beautiful artificial lives using the cutting-edge technology.
Speaker: William Latham
Speech Title: The Evolution of Mutator: 1987 – 2022
Abstract: William Latham will initially talk about the development of his pioneering Mutator Sofware at The IBM UK Scientific Centre working with mathematician Stephen Todd in the late 80s and 90s. Mutator was designed to mutate and generate artistic variants of 3D sculptural forms which can be bred and cross bred with multiple parents. He will talk about the concept of using a custom-made evolutionary system as a “creative partner” to mutate and shape unexpected organic art forms using a process of “evolution of by aesthetics” driven by the artist. He will then cover the design of the Mutator user interface and the use of parametric and structural constraints to allow an artistic navigation of a multidimensional space of possible art forms. He wll then talk about how Mutator was translated into the VR space through his research work at Goldsmiths (University of London) since 2015. Following this he will cover the introduction of force fields and dynamics in the Mutator VR experience in preparation for showing at The Pompidou Centre in Paris in early 2020 on HTC Vive VR.
He will talk briefly about his scientific projects across the domains of protein docking, virus visualisation and protein folding with leading Scientific Experts and how insights from this science work informs the art. Finally, he will talk about his “Fantasy Virus Mutator” series created during lockdown which was directly influenced by research into the structural biology of viruses.
The work is led by artist William Latham working with Programmers and mathematicians Stephen Todd, Lance Putnam and Peter Todd.
Speaker: Entangled Others Studio
Speech Title: Expressing Entanglement: Art and the More-Than-Human World
Abstract: Entangled Others (Sofia Crespo & Feileacan McCormick) share about their studio practice and its ongoing attempts at creating art about the more-than-human through generative art, and how it can help augment our imagination, practice, and interactions with the natural world.
Speaker: Kang Zhang
Speech Title: Computational Aesthetics
Abstract: Interdisciplinary research topics of computational aesthetics and aesthetic computing, and their differences and relationships. We then focus on computational aesthetics, in particular, on the aesthetic measurement of paintings and applications.