Evolving Darwin’s Gaze

Evolving Darwin’s Gaze
Steve DiPaola hired me over the summer to help prepare several videos for his gallery shows at MIT and Cambridge. Evolving Darwin’s Gaze is an evolutionary computational artwork that uses genetic programming to “evolve” a population of portraits using a famous painting of Charles Darwin as the “fitness function”. These three videos introduce the basics of evolutionary theory and genetic programming, discuss Steve’s work on the nature of human creativity, and tell the story of the evolution of these portraits.