Design by Evolution

Part of the series Natural Computing Series pp 145-167

Evolving the Mandelbrot Set to Imitate Figurative Art

  • J. J. Ventrella

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This chapter describes a technique for generating semi-abstract figurative imagery using variations on the Mandelbrot Set equation, evolved with a genetic algorithm. The Mandelbrot Set offers an infinite supply of complex fractal imagery, but its expressive ability is limited, as far as being material for visual manipulation by artists. The technique described here achieves diverse imagery by manipulating the mathematical function that generates the Set.