The T. albipennis Sand Painting Artists

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Urbano, Paulo: The T. albipennis Sand Painting Artists. In: EvoMUSART 2011, S. 414-423.



In recent years, we have seen some artificial artistic work that has drawn inspiration from swarm societies, in particular ant societies. Ant paintings are abstract images corresponding to visualizations of the paths made by a group of virtual ants on a bi-dimensional space. The research on ant paintings has been focused around a stigmergic mechanism of interaction: the deposition of pheromones, largely used by ants. In an effort to further on the research on ant inspired artificial art, we introduce the T. albipennis sand painting artists, which draw direct inspiration from the ant species Temnothorax albipennis (formerly tuberointerruptus). These ants build simple circular walls, composed of grains of sand or fragments of stones, at a given distance from the central cluster of adult ants and brood. The brood and ants cluster function as a template, which combined with self-organization are responsible for the particular wall pattern formation. The T. albipennis artists are artificial two-dimensional builders, starting from unorganized placement of virtual sand grains, they rearrange them, creating some interesting patterns composed of scattered pointillistic and imperfect circles, a colored moon-like landscape full of craters.

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booktitle={Applications of Evolutionary Computation},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
editor={Di Chio, Cecilia and Brabazon, Anthony and Di Caro, GianniA. and Drechsler, Rolf and Farooq, Muddassar and Grahl, Jörn and Greenfield, Gary and Prins, Christian and Romero, Juan and Squillero, Giovanni and Tarantino, Ernesto and Tettamanzi, AndreaG.B. and Urquhart, Neil and Uyar, A.Şima},
title={The T. albipennis Sand Painting Artists},
url={ },
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
keywords={Ant Paintigs; Swarm Art},
author={Urbano, Paulo},

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