Tableau Machine: A Creative Alien Presence

Adam Smith, Mario Romero, Zachary Pousman, Michael Mateas

We present the design of Tableau Machine (TM), an AI-based, interactive, visual art generator for shared living spaces. TM is an instance of what we call "alien presence": an ambient, non-human, embodied, intelligent agent. From overhead video in key public spaces, TM interprets its environment, including its human audience, and expresses its interpretation by displaying a sequence of abstract images of its own design. This paper is a case study in the design of an art generator with deep and long-term connections to its physical and social environment.

Subjects: 1.1 Art And Music; 1.2 Artificial Life

Submitted: Jan 28, 2008

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