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Artificial Life

Summer 2015, Vol. 21, No. 3, Pages 289-292
(doi: 10.1162/ARTL_a_00169)
© 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
You Pretty Little Flocker: Exploring the Aesthetic State Space of Creative Ecosystems
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Artificial life models constitute a rich compendium of tools for the generative arts; complex, self-organizing, emergent behaviors have great interactive and generative potential. But how can we go beyond simply visualizing scientific simulations and manipulate these models for use in design and creative art contexts? You Pretty Little Flocker is a proof-of-concept study in expanding and exploring the aesthetic state space of a model for generative design. A modified version of Reynolds' flocking algorithm (1987) is described in which the space of possible images is extended and navigable in a way that at once provides user control and maintains generative autonomy.