The Swarm Paintings, produced in 2001/2, were the result of several experiments with an “Ant Algorithm” applying virtual emergent pheromone trails to a real space pictorial expression. 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. Swarm Paintings opened the path to emergent machine creativity. Works signed on the back with date and time.
LegoBot, my first autonomous robot
ArtsBot Swarm of robots
The Erased Series In this series, I give the robots a previously printed artwork. Robots react to colours and shapes, as a sort of machine interpretation, creating a new picture.