Jon McCormack, Colourfield,
Evolutionary Software Ecosystem, 2009/2010
Colourfield is an evolutionary ecosystem of colour. Colour agents try to exist in a simple universe by producing colours that are suited to their environment. This environment is determined by the other agents and the colours they produce. Entering into complex feedback cycles, Colourfield presents an evolving palette of shifting colours. Different configurations emerge based on the strategies the ecosystem discovers for co-existance and co-dependency. Harmonious configurations often remain stable for a short while, before eventually being replaced by new relations, better able to survive in the ever shifting environment.
Colourfield runs as a stand-alone software application on Apple iMac or Mac mini computers.
Technical details on Colourfield can be found in the following papers:
J. McCormack (2007), “Creative Ecosystems”, in A. Cardoso and G.A. Wiggins (eds), Proceedings of the 4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity, 17-19 June 2007, Goldsmiths, University of London 2007, pp. 129-136. [paper pdf]
J. McCormack (2007), “Artificial Ecosystems for Creative Discovery”, in Thierens D. et. al. (eds) Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2007), 7-11 July 2007, London, ACM, New York, Volume 1, pp. 301-307. [paper pdf] [presentation slides]