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Urbano, Paulo: Consensual Paintings. In: EvoMUSART 2006, S. 622-632.



Decentralized coordination can be achieved by the emergence of a consensual choice inside a group of simple agents. Work done on emergence of social laws, and on emergence of a shared lexicon, are known examples of possible benefits of consensus formation in multi-agent systems. We think that in the artificial artistic realm, the agreement on some individual choices (attributes, behaviour, etc) can be important for the emergence of interesting patterns. We describe here an effective decentralized mechanism of consensus formation and how we can achieve a random evolution of decentralized consensual choices. Our goal is designing swarm art, exploring the landscape of forms. Non coordinated social behaviour can be unfruitful for the goal of collective artistic creation. On the other hand, full agreement along time generally leads towards too much homogeneity in a collective pattern. This way, the random succession of collective agreements can lead to the emergence of random patterns, somewhere between order and chaos. We show several application of this transition between consensual choices in a group of micro-painters that create random artistic patterns.

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booktitle={Applications of Evolutionary Computing},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
editor={Rothlauf, Franz and Branke, Jürgen and Cagnoni, Stefano and Costa, Ernesto and Cotta, Carlos and Drechsler, Rolf and Lutton, Evelyne and Machado, Penousal and Moore, JasonH. and Romero, Juan and Smith, GeorgeD. and Squillero, Giovanni and Takagi, Hideyuki},
title={Consensual Paintings},
url={ },
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
author={Urbano, Paulo},

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