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Harold Cohen «Aaron» | aaron
Harold Cohen, «Aaron», 1974
aaron | © Harold Cohen


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 Harold Cohen

«Aaron» is a computer program that can paint plants and people by itself. It is the work of the California artist Harold Cohen, who programmed the first version back in 1974. However, «Aaron's» original capabilities did not extend beyond circles and squares. Since then, Cohen has continuously improved the system, making it one of the systems with the longest continuous development in computer history. Cohen taught «Aaron» more and more rules about perspective, human anatomy and the optical foundations of plants, for example, that branches become increasingly thinner as they get longer. At the end of the 1980s, a series of works was created on people in a botanical garden. At the beginning of the 1990s, «Aaron» learned how to use colors. Since then, it has been capable of perpetually creating unique originals of people and plants since the system can combine many different rules for drawing. Other motifs are outside of its repertoire.