Generative Art

See also: Art

Aka: Generic art

Table of contents 1 Philip Galanter’s definition
2 The original definition by Adrian Ward
3 Software
4 Related

Philip Galanter’s definition

Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist creates a process, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedural invention, which is then set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art. Philip Galanter, on eu-gene mailing list.

The original definition by Adrian Ward

Generative art is a term given to work which stems from concentrating on the processes involved in producing an artwork, usually (although not strictly) automated by the use of a machine or computer, or by using mathematic or pragmatic instructions to define the rules by which such artworks are executed. Adrian Ward, on web site.

(Definitions taken from Wiki: Generative Art Definition ( excluding minor formatting changes)


  • Debris Visual Art ( by Brennan Underwood. Grabs random pictures via $search engine and ‘mixes’ those. Repeat until user break. Montage ( is a similar problem.
  • Kandid ( (Sourceforge), a generic, evolutionary art system programmed in Java.
  • typoGenerator ( – Web-based, simple generative art.
  • Raymond Kurzweil ( – AARON, a screensaver implementation.


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