For the generative act, we can identify
different approaches. One of them could be described as:
"The intentional execution of a concept",
and another: The probing search along an unknown road, supported
by the hope to find something".
With the intentional approach, the artist
tries to aim directly at the goal, it is the lucky hit which
he is after. The probing search ends with a catch. Searching
and finding are central concepts to this approach. "Hit"
and "Catch" are two metaphors for two different
In my own work I place a high value on
the "Hit". The execution of an idea by a program
is a direct means to a result. To catch something requires
a process, which eventually will lead to a state, which by
declaration (decision) is proclaimed the result. The process
of development is interrupted (ended) at an arbitrary, previously
unknown point, and the last "state of the system"
is singled out and raised into the position of a result. The
resultthen suddenly stands for itself, the generating
process becomes entirely unimportant in the moment of
the decision. It is (usually) not even traceable any more.
The generation of the image "baum_V14"
starts with a concept for a tree ("tree11"), which
is emerging as result ofa "one-shot generative
process". In the "tree11" image, a dense set
of points is cast into a small area. From each point one
polygon emerges. As a bundle, they form "tree11",
using a very simple generative rule. The strictness of this
approach can (I suppose) be felt in the visual strength of
the resulting image. It is this image, which then is manipulated
in other programs until an arbitrary decision terminates this
process and delivers the final image: "baum_V14"
It can not be plotted anymore, but it can be printed.
The "strokes" image is composed
in a similar way. One of its three bundles of lines, is generated
in a "one-shot" operation, which is then replicated
twice, and then plotted on a pen plotter.
A number of question arise at this point:
Should a drawing, which was designed to be plotted, be printed
at all? What significant changes do occur? What features of
a plotter drawing are actually changed, when it is transferred
to a printer and how does this transfer affect the image,
its quality, its visual evaluation?