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Atshushi Kasao, Hitoshi Akayama, Naoto Hikawa, Mao Makino, & Yuichi Kobayashi

ATR/Tokyo Polytechnic University
Tokyo, Japan
Mutually Quoted Algorithm 1 - Circle Face
1040mm x 1040mm

Artist Statement: In general, artists consciously or unconsciously quote many things from others' works to create their original artworks. However, we have not found CG artworks that quote other's CG-creation algorithms. We concluded that if artists had a CG creation tool that can quote others' algorithms, they could create many types of expressions and make CG creation more fun.

For example, we have never seen CG artworks that quote algorithmically created works – what we call non-photorealistic rendering (NPR) algorithms. So we created CG artworks that quote NPR algorithms by using Synergistic Image Creator (SIC), our original algorithmic-image-expression tool. I used this tool to create "Sapporo," which was presented by the SIGGRAPH 2002 Art Gallery. The main feature of SIC is that modification of a few parts of an SIC algorithm can create totally different expressions.

The "Mutually Quoted Algorithms" series was completed in three phases. First, we decided that the common motif of the artworks was "human," then each member of the creative group created an appropriate “human” SIC algorithm. Second, we each made sample artworks with our own algorithms. Third, each artist created final artwork by quoting other members' CG algorithms and not sample artworks. The results showed many types of CG artworks that express something between abstract and representational art.

More information on SIC: www.dsn.t-kougei.ac.jp/cp/sic