Algorithmic Art – also known as Computational Art – is a form of expression that uses various algorithms and processing techniques to create visually aesthetic digital artwork in the form of still images, animations, and music.
Processing is an open source programming language and environment invented by Ben Fry and Casey Reyes from the MIT Media Lab that provides a way for anyone to create algorithmic art. Even you! Simply download Processing and follow one of the introductory tutorials to get started.
Here is a piece of algorithmic art I created by extending one of the 2D Array Processing tutorial.
This is the code used to create the animation below. Just copy and paste into your Processing editor and run to get the same output.
And here it is! My first piece of algorithmic art. Not much to it, but at least it does something moderately interesting.
Personally, I find algorithmic art very interesting. Simply because it takes something I’m comfortable with (programming) and fuses it with something I’m horrible at (art). If you decide to try out Processing, be sure to send me a link to it. I’d love to check it out.