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Artificial.Mac is a computer program which generates random images. It employs a "visual grammar" to define an infinite set of pictures with a wide variety of styles and structures, and draws random samples from this space.

Artificial.Mac is written in HyperTalk and runs on Apple Macintosh computers. It produces coarse-grained black and white pictures. Exhibitions by Artificial.Mac display hardcopies of output images or demonstrate the real-time performance of the program on CRT displays or data-projectors.

The development of Artificial.Mac was followed by the design and implementation of several other programs which are based on the same principle but which use a different medium or a different "meta-style". The most important examples are Artificial.PC and Artificial.ACAD.

Exhibitions and Demo's by Artificial.Mac

Haagse Kunstkring, Den Haag. Non-Stop Architecture. Hardcopy exhibit. September/October 1991. (Also including drawings by The Machines.)

  October 1993. Rotterdam. Live demo by Artificial.Mac with automatic music by two MIDI-controlled pianos and four MIDI-controlled guitars.

Galerie Van Rijsbergen, Rotterdam. Hardcopy exhibit with live demo. October 17 - November 14, 1993. (Also including drawings by The Machines.)


Unfair, Cologne. Galerie van Rijsbergen. Hardcopy exhibit with live demo. November 10-15, 1993.

Galerie Voges und Deisen, Frankfurt. Mind the Gap. Hardcopy exhibit with live demo. January/February 1994. (Group show.)

Artis, 's Hertogenbosch. Tools & Tales. Live demo with real-time hardcopy output by a laser-printer, and recitation of the program text by Huge Harry.  January 16 - February 27, 1994. (Group show curated by Toine Ooms. Also including Rob Birza, Lars Eijssen, J.C.J. van der Heijden, Gerald van der Kaap, Micha Klein, Trademark™, and others.)
  Galerie Acud, Berlin. Hardcopy exhibit with live demo. April 7-28, 1994.  (Group show.)
  Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI), Rotterdam. Live demo. With a discussion between Remko Scha and Peter Struycken. Moderator: Bram van den Waardenberg. October 24, 1995.
  April-May 2005. Artware 3, ICPNA, Lima, Peru. Hardcopies by Artificial.Mac. (Also: Video by Artificial.PC; ongoing live demo by Jochem van der Spek's Living Concepts.] [Digital Art Exhibition, including work by Manfred Mohr, Herbert Franke, Harold Cohen, Remko Scha, Roman Verostko and others. Curator: Umberto Roncoroni.]

Publications by Artificial.Mac

"Mensenkunst, een paradox." Interview with Artificial by Marion Wester. Rossinant # 5 (January 1994).


Untitled # 1 - # 154." On: Toine Ooms (ed.): Tools and Tales. CDROM. Den Bosch: Creative Disk, 1995.


"Untitled Images" On: Bram van Waardenburg (ed.): Verbindingen. CDROM. Rotterdam: Centrum Beeldende Kunst, 1996. (ISBN 90-5196-102.2)

Reviews and Catalogue Texts about Artificial.Mac


Ole Bouman: "Tools & Tales". Metropolis M 1994, nr. 2, pp. 51-52.


Max Bruinsma: "Dialogue Between Two Souls." In: Hein Eberson (ed.): Artificial. Trademark, Amsterdam, 1993.


Fred Dijs: "Black box als artiest." Technisch Weekblad, April 20, 1994, p.23.

  Hein Eberson (ed.): Artificial. Trademark, Amsterdam, 1993. (With contributions by Max Bruinsma, Peter van Emde Boas, Paul Groot, Remko Scha and Dirk van Weelden.)
Peter van Emde Boas: "Mechanized Art and the Mad Mathematician." In: Hein Eberson (ed.): Artificial. Trademark, Amsterdam, 1993.
Paul Groot: "Print Screen." In: Hein Eberson (ed.): Artificial. Trademark, Amsterdam, 1993.
  René van Peer: "Nuchtere en speelse kijk op hedendaagse kunst." Brabants Dagblad, January 28, 1994.
  Din Pieters: "Tools & Tales." NRC Handelsblad, Cultureel Supplement, January 28, 1994.

Dirk van Weelden: "Een ideaal, een naam, een verkenner." In: Hein Eberson (ed.): Artificial. Trademark™, Amsterdam, 1993. Extended version with English translation ("An ideal, a name, an explorer") in: Perspektief 47/48 (June 1994), pp. 42-51.
  Niels Wiedenhof: "Alfa-informatica voor toevalskunst, maar ook voor zakelijke software-ontwikkeling." Cursor 34, 32 (April 16, 1992), pp. 12/13.
  Niels Wiedenhof: "Immanuel Kant in de praktijk. Huge Harry en de volledig autonome machinekunst." De Ingenieur, 110, 8 (May 6, 1998), pp. 6-11.


TV Broadcasts about Artificial.Mac

Het Klokhuis. January 12, 1995 and September 5, 1996. NPS, Nederland 3 (Dutch National Television). Also featuring The Machines.