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Automatism #300

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β€œπ™Έ πšŠπš– πš’πš—πšπš›πš’πšπšžπšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš‘πšŠπš™πšŽπšœ πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ πšŒπš‘πš˜πš˜πšœπšŽ 𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πšœπš’πš–πš‹πš˜πš•πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπš›πšŽπšŠπšπšŽ πš•πšŠπš—πšπšžπšŠπšπšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πšœ πš πš’πšπš‘πš’πš— πšŠπš•πš• πšπš˜πš›πš–πšœ 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšœπš’πšŒ πšœπšπš›πšžπšŒπšπšžπš›πšŽ, πšŠπš— πš’πš—πšπš’πšŒπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπš—πšπš’πš›πšŽ πš˜πš‹πš“πšŽπšŒπš πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πš–πš’πš—πš’πš–πšžπš– 𝚘𝚏 πš•πš’πš—πšŽπšœ, πšπš‘πšŠπš πš‹πšŽπšŒπš˜πš–πšŽπšœ 𝚊 πšœπš’πš–πš‹πš˜πš•. πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πšŒπš˜πš–πš–πš˜πš— 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπš•πš• πš•πšŠπš—πšπšžπšŠπšπšŽπšœ, πšŠπš•πš• πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ, πšŠπš•πš• πšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ.”

'Automatism' is inspired by the practice of artists where they are given a writing implement and a blank surface, and they go freestyle, almost mindlessly filling up the space with whatever comes to their minds and out of their hands. I've often wondered where a machine's mind and "hand" would wander given the same opportunity.

This project explores the age-old computer art phenomenon of inviting the viewer to actively participate in the interpretation of the visual output. The way "Sharp-E" draws the strokes is through a mix of various movements β€” irregular curves, straight lines, sudden changes in direction β€” in a classic random walk algorithm, while avoiding overlaps with previously drawn strokes. There are no pre-programmed forms per se, but nevertheless it can be common for the viewer to perceive images, symbols, meaning in the generated output.

So where does your mind wander? What forms, symbols, and meaning do you see?

Controls: β€’ 'D' toggles pausing/drawing or continues space-filling after the first stop (if available) β€’ 'R' reassembles the piece (This automatically happens every minute) β€’ 'S' saves the output

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