an exploration of mechanical creativity and the new art form I call mutationism
Clickism 2001: A Space Odyssey
I m a g e   N o t e s Started with Vernissage.8bf, then Mosaic Toolkit (Lance Otis), then ...out comes the hammers and wham-o-rama! until I saw something that shouted out, "Hey!". Works every time.
When it comes to making art by pushing buttons and turning dials, there ought to be a general rule of thumb that says push every button, turn every dial. If it's there - turn it.
I just discovered the blur thing. It's always been there, but I guess I just thought it made things blurry and that's not terribly interesting. But I've discovered that the two blur parameters, blur-something and blur-something else are very interesting.
The second image in a series I've titled, Smudge. The first one didn't look cool when I looked at it a day later, so I deleted it. The blur effect is quite powerful and adds a unique style to the images. I guess you just don't know what the result of some parameter change will be until you see the results.
The above was left to render for a much longer time in order to made the light, translucent forms more visible. The blur does create the expected cold, foggy, wet, rocky seashore look and the black and white color limitat…
These images were made with George Maydwell’s cellular automata java applets that used to be posted at collidoscope.com which now seems to be gone. George’s applets took ca to a whole new level. If you want to see some examples, here’s a posting I wrote years ago on Orbittrap: Collidoscope.com’s Modern CA –Animation Wonderland!
But these particular images have something special about them. I set the parameters to extreme levels which along with generating a very different kind of imagery also greatly speeds up the process. The result is these granular, pixel mosaics that flash on the screen in a rapid succession in a fraction of a second. It’s too fast to take a normal screenshot (there is no other way to capture imagery from these applets) so one just has to blindly take screenshots and see if they’ve captured anything interesting. It’s a bit like photographing race cars from the edge of the track as they speed past you.
These are the controls for the applet. I think this is…
The program Fractal Vizion does a thousand and one things. One of my favorites that I wrote about way back in 2006 was the random landscape function. It creates a random landscape.
It's the automatic palette generator that really completes the effect coloring the "sea" and the "land" in just the right mysterious way. I added something else; I substituted black for the sky color instantly turning the land into a glowing moonlight landscape under a starless sky. It was a minor tweak. Inspired by the automatic machinery's artistry.