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Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity

Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid ORCID: 0000-0002-1798-9615, Fol Leymarie, Frédéric, Latham, William and Bishop, Mark (2017) Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity. Connection Science, 29 (4). pp. 276-294. ISSN 0954-0091 (Print), 1360-0494 (Online) (doi:

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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
Additional Information: Deposited by author MA on July 17 2018, and updated by MP on July 7 2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creativity; autopoiesis; stochastic diffusion search; dispersive flies optimisation; generative art
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Engineering & Science
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 13:07

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