Consequences for practical aesthetics and for aesthetical theory of the insertion of principles from quantum theory in cellular automata
Philp Van Loocke: Consequences for practical aesthetics and for aesthetical theory of the insertion of principles from quantum theory in cellular automata. In: Generative Art 1998.
A cellular automaton that includes some principles from quantum theory is considered. The automaton generates forms of an aesthetic nature. At every time step, a form grows with a single cell. This cell is selected with a selection probability that is determined by an amplitude. If the algorithm is run with selection of the cell of maximal amplitude at every time step, a type of form results that is called ‘platonic’. Such forms typically have higher aesthetic complexity than their non- platonic counterparts. The case of selection probabilities determined by squares of amplitudes has a strong analogy with quantum theory. This analogy is elaborated by consideration of forms that have mutual correlations. These correlations can be of a classical nature, of a quantum mechanical type, or of a type that is termed ‘super- correlation’.
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