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Complexity Formalisms, Order and Disorder in the Structure of Art

Complexity Formalisms, Order and Disorder in the Structure of Art,10.1007/BFb0014796,Mark W. Davis

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Order and disorder appear to be opposite extremes in a spectrum of structural types, yet they both contain little that is intuitively complex. Intuitions about complexity can be used as a basis for developing a formal theory that is both suf- ficiently precise to define an algorithmic framework for creating visual and aural art, and is sufficiently open to serve as an interpretative basis for describing how complexity can dominate the range of observed artistic expression. A formal the- ory of complexity is presented in this paper that is derived from graph theory and that fits well with several basic intuitions about complexity. Experiments in the automatic production of aural and visual artworks are described that utilize this theory to select, within an evolutionary model, among a population of rules sys- tems for those that occupy a specific contour of complexity. The rule-like nature of the language of expression is surmised to be constrained by an abstract complex- ity limitation similar to this one.
Conference: Evolutionary Programming , pp. 3-12, 1997
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