Working on an art project about autonomy, I find myself constantly asking the question: how can I acknowledge the autonomy of materials, or certain processes, in shaping and creating an artwork? Should I resist the desire to interfere, to give form, shape and intent to something, rather leaving the output take its own form? One widely acknowledged form of autonomous art creation is using generative algorithms. Algorithmic art leaves the process of creating an artwork and its resulting shape to the machine, while human ideas and intentions are only involved in the stage of planning and setting up the mechanism. All algorithmic art does not only point its spectator or listener towards the beauty of machine-generated patterns, it also puts the role of the creator at stake. Am I ready to accept a result I don’t clearly know? Am I ready to stand by and watch, even if the output doesn’t resonate with my own intuitions, feelings and taste?
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