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Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity

al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid; Leymarie, Frederic Fol; Latham, William and Bishop, Mark. 2017. Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity. Connection Science, pp. 1-19. ISSN 0954-0091 [Article]

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In this paper two swarm intelligence algorithms are used, the first leading the `attention' of the swarm and the latter responsible for the tracing mechanism. The attention mechanism is coordinated by agents of Stochastic Diffusion Search where they selectively attend to areas of a digital canvas (with line drawings) which contains (sharper) corners. Once the swarm's attention is drawn to the line of interest with a sharp corner, the corresponding line segment is fed into the tracing algorithm, Dispersive Flies Optimisation which `consumes' the input in order to generate a `swarmic sketch' of the input line. The sketching process is the result of the `flies' leaving traces of their movements on the digital canvas which are then revisited repeatedly in an attempt to re-sketch the traces they left. This cyclic process is then introduced in the context of autopoiesis, where the philosophical aspects of the autopoietic artist are discussed.

The autopoetic artist is described in two modalities: gluttonous and contented. In the Gluttonous Autopoietic Artist mode, by iteratively focussing on areas-of-rich-complexity, as the decoding process of the input sketch unfolds, it leads to a less complex structure which ultimately results in an empty canvas; therein reifying the artwork's `death'. In the Contented Autopoietic Artist mode, by refocussing the autopoietic artist's reflections on `meaning' onto different constitutive elements, and modifying her reconstitution, different behaviours of autopoietic creativity can be induced and therefore, the autopoietic processes become less likely to fade away and more open-ended in their creative endeavour.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09540091.2016.1274960

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing

Dates:

DateEvent
16 January 2017Published
17 December 2016Accepted

Item ID:

19762

Date Deposited:

01 Feb 2017 12:17

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 10:49

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19762

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