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Margaret Boden: Anonymity and evolutionary art. ACM SIGEVOlution Newsletter, Volume 5 Issue 2, August 2011, 2-8.



Human artists typically have a personal signature, by which their individual authorship can be recognized. Modernist artists tried to avoid such idiosyncracies, focussing on abstract structure instead-and welcomed computers, accordingly. But even those computer artists who have deliberately tried to lose their signature have not managed to do so. Perhaps evolutionary methods might help? Reasons are discussed both for believing and for doubting that evolutionary art could be wholly free from personal signatures.

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author = {Boden, Margaret},
title = {Anonymity and Evolutionary Art},
journal = {SIGEVOlution},
issue_date = {August 2011},
volume = {5},
number = {2},
month = aug,
year = {2011},
issn = {1931-8499},
pages = {2--8},
numpages = {7},
url = {},
doi = {10.1145/2020616.2020617},
acmid = {2020617},
publisher = {ACM},
address = {New York, NY, USA},

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