The Painting Fool Sees! New Projects with the Automated Painter

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Simon Colton, Jakob Halskov, Dan Ventura, Ian Gouldstone, Michael Cook and Blanca Perez­-Ferrer: The Painting Fool Sees! New Projects with the Automated Painter. In: Computational Creativity 2015 ICCC 2015, 189-196.



We report the most recent advances in The Painting Fool project, where we have integrated machine vision capabilities from the DARCI system into the automated painter, to enhance its abilities before, during and after the painting process. This has enabled new art projects, including a commission from an Artificial Intelligence company, and we report on this collaboration, which is one of the first instances in Computational Creativity research where creative software has been commissioned directly. The new projects have advanced The Painting Fool as an independent artist able to produce more diverse styles which break away from simulating natural media. The projects have also raised a philosophical question about whether software artists need to see in the same way as people, which we discuss briefly.

Extended Abstract


 author = {Colton, Simon and Halskov, Jakob and Ventura, Dan and Gouldstone, Ian and Cook, Michael and Perez-Ferrer, Blanca},
 title = {The Painting Fool Sees! New Projects with the Automated Painter},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity},
 series = {ICCC2015},
 year = {2015},
 month = {Jun},
 location = {Park City, Utah, USA},
 pages = {189-196},
 url =!_New_Projects_with_the_Automated_Painter },
 publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
 keywords = {computational, creativity},

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