Swarm paintings

The Swarm Paintings, produced by the end of 2001, were the result of several experiments with an “Ant Algorithm” where I have tried to apply virtual emergent pheromone trails to a real space pictorial expression. In this case, a computer running an ant algorithm was connected to a robotic arm (in fact a CAD/CAM machine), which “translated” in brush strokes the trails generated by the artificial swarm of ants. Considering the dynamics of the deposition/evaporation mechanism, the robotic arm would only perform when a certain pheromone peak threshold was reached.


One of the swarm paintings (2002) made the cover of “Artificial Life” MIT magazine in 2008


Making it


The first painting with acrylic: SP0001, 2002, acrylic on paper, 33 x 33 cm