Art inspired by Cellular Automata
Eleonora Bilotta (a), Marcella Lorenzi (a), Pietro Pantano (b)
(a) Linguistics Department, University of Calabria, Italy
(b) Mathematics Department, University of Calabria, Italy
The aim of this presentation is to show to the public of NKS community
what the Evolutionary Systems Group (ESG) has realized in visual art and
music using Cellular Automata. Starting from the idea that Cellular
Automata can be translated into music, we produced music using different
musification codes. We mean for musification the process of translation of
mathematical systems into music (Bilotta et al, 2000; 2002), and for code
the specific software programme we implemented for this purpose. In the
presentation, various musical compositions will be performed while a
repository of this music is available at the .Art galleries. section of
the following web site: http://galileo.cincom.unical.it.
The music has been obtained using one-dimensional and two-dimensional
Cellular Automata. Our aim was to understand emergence and complexity in
Cellular Automata using some other cognitive tools, like music.
On the visual arts side, we realized galleries of patterns generated by
evolution of one-dimensional and two-dimensional Cellular Automata,
self-reproducers 3D images, artificial worlds and animals created starting
from two-dimensional Cellular Automata. Furthermore the group realized
some sculptural objects inspired by Cellular Automata. Many examples of
these artefacts will be presented in the talk as well.
Art and music might be useful for reading complexity in Cellular Automata,
following the NKS approach.
Bilotta E., Pantano P. e Talarico V. (2000), Synthetic Harmonies: an
approach to musical semiosis by means of Cellular Automata, Proceedings of
Artificial Life VII, Alife VII, Portland, Oregon, USA, MIT Press.
Bilotta E. and P. Pantano (2002) Synthetic Harmonies: Recent results.
LEONARDO Volume 35, Issue 2 (April 2002), pp.35-42, MIT Press.