EARLY EXPERIMENTS IN GENERATIVE ART
The computer is dramatically changing the way we make art. Letting go of control and unleashing the power inside the machine is an intoxicating adventure where uncertainty takes center stage. Each challenge becomes a matter of how much we lead, follow or get out of its way.
With this early experiment in simulation, "One Thousand Question Marks", the computer was liberated to randomly rotate and place one thousand question marks in three space. The color of each question mark was also randomized. The final image was rendered in 1984 at Digital Productions in Hollywood, California and mastered on 4 by 5 film with a digital film printer.
This style of generative art delegates considerable authority to the computer. The choice of content, design, spatial constraints and random number generation, requires human collaboration. The outcome is a creative partnership, whose man-machine proportions are currently governed by the artist.