walking through a landscape in snow, we observe many types of linear
structures. The tree as a metaphor and as an element of landscapes
is a familiar image and a poetic reminder to enjoy life. What I am
trying to communicate through my work are interpretations of the mysteries
and tragedies, that surround us.
Computer generated artwork, based on line-drawings, is challenging
for a number of reasons. It makes use of lines as the characteristic
element of the generative process, and the results rely entirely on
the calligraphic qualities of the lines.
Besides the heritage of hand drawings, which we conceive as a fantastically
rich universe, we may conceive an equally fantastic universe of machine
drawings. Line-drawings populating this universe should exhibit qualities
in their own right.
For instance: exploit algorithmic techniques; be not reproducible
by hand; show that they have been drawn by a machine; achieve a distinct
and unique type of structuring; belong to an own identifiable universe;
exhibit strong calligraphic qualities; make the question ''how was
it done?'' entirely unimportant.
Lines are very simple geometric structures and at the same time inexhaustible
rich elements of artistic expressions. This is one of the main reasons
why I like to work with lines. From the vastness of possible structural
descriptions of lines I have chosen a personal definition, which makes
these lines distinctly and in an identifiable way my lines. For the
generation of such lines, relevant feature values are: number of starting
points; number of lines originating from a given point; angular boundary
for a polygon; spread of a segment; number of segments in a polygon.
In statu nascendi, when a line is developing on a piece of paper,
it does so from a unique starting point. It is the starting point,
which calls for the first decision in a drawing process, no matter
if the hand of an artist, or a computer driven device is steering
The question of starting points and the question of the "character"
of the line developing from those points have to be taken care of
by the program. Especially interesting are two sets of algorithms,
those, which generate drawings in a "one-shot" generative
process, and those making use of "composite" processes.