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Steve DiPaola and Nathan Sorenson: CGP, Creativity and Art. In: Cartesian Genetic Programming, Natural Computing Series, pp. 293-307, Springer, 2011.



This chapter looks at evolved art and creativity using Cartesian Genetic Programming (CGP). Besides an overview of evolutionary art, we discuss our work in modelling of artistic creativity based on the notion of contextual focus, which is the capacity for creative individuals to exhibit both intense concentration on a precise goal, as well as broad, associative thought processes, which produce radical departures from convention. We implement our model with Cartesian Genetic Programming, and CGP’s genetic neutrality proves to be essential in reproducing contextual focus. The model is used to generate creative portraits of Darwin, which serve to illustrate the focused and exploratory aspects of the creative process.

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