Probabilistic Cellular Automata in the Visual Arts

Part of the Emergence, Complexity and Computation book series (ECC, volume 27)


In January 1970, computer scientist Leo Geurts walked into Swart Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to see the solo exhibition by Dutch artist Peter Struycken (The Netherlands, 1939). He was struck by Struycken’s black and white works “Computerstructuren” (1969), which were painted after grid patterns generated by algorithms. Geurts assumed that they must have been produced using cellular automata. He started working with Lambert Meertens at Mathematisch Centrum (now CWI) in Amsterdam to make a similar work.


Probabilistic Cellular Automata Struycken Lambert Meertens Solo Exhibition Mathematisch Centrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centrum Wiskunde & InformaticaAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Mathematical InstituteLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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