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    (De)generative Art: Rules-transgressing algorithms

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2018)

    London, UK, 9 - 13 July 2018


    Dario Srbic



    While Descartes famous phrase “I think therefore I am” from 1637 was asking what does it mean to be human (Descartes 2001), this paper and demonstration explore a possibility of embodying desire, understood as a transgression of a law (Bataille 1986), into algorithms and letting them express those transgressions as artworks. Transgression, etymologically a “cross-over”, implies in Bataille a move from ordered, rational state into to unordered, irrational realm. If we think in traditional computing terms of the algorithm as a set of pre-defined rules, then it is hard to imagine any possibility of those rules being broken, without inherently breaking the algorithm. Only with the advent of artificial intelligence, notably different forms of neural networks, the notion of hard set of rules with a precisely defined sequence to be followed becomes softer, with algorithms’ ability to adopt and change the rules governing the solution to a given problem.


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