Alain Lioret

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • University Paris 8, Arts et Technologies de l’Image


  • Paris, France, French Republic



  • Alain Lioret is a Generative Artist and a Professor at “Arts et Technologies de l’Image” (University Paris 8, France) within the laboratory INREV (Digital images and Virtual Reality). He has been working for several years on research on the applications of artificial life and artificial intelligence (connexionism, evolutionism, cellular automata) in the artistic field.

    Lioret is author of the books “Emergence de Nouvelles Esthétiques du Mouvement”, and “L’Art Génératif”. He is a specialist in research & development (innovative techniques in 3D animation, use of dynamics, etc), and he participates in multiple projects (virtual actors, Attitude Studio R&D, etc.). Alain Lioret works on Being’s movement and Artificial Life, using techniques with biological inspiration: neural networks, genetic algorithms and programming, fractals, simulations of crowd, and quantum computing.

Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Being Paintings
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2005: Threading Time
    Abstract Summary:

    This paper focuses on art created by new techniques such as cellular machines, L-Systems, genetic algorithms, neural networks … We propose here several methods of implementation combining the rules of construction of cellular machines and L-Systems with genetic, neuronal networks, couplings, translation of codes. These methods result in the morphogenesis of bodies, as well their structure (shape) and their functional aspect (neuronal networks with driving, sensory neurons, balance, etc.). It’s a part of what we can call “a new kind of art”, and we can see here how Beings Paintings emerge.

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    Title: Cerebral Interaction and Painting
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2013: Art Gallery
    Abstract Summary:

    The research focuses on combination of novel technology and traditional art. In this paper, a novel interactive art installation (IAI) using user’s thought to interact with a digital Chinese ink painting is introduced. Meanwhile, the final purpose of this
    research is to establish a link between novel technology and traditional arts and further to bring out traditional art philosophy by taking the advantages of novel technology. Finally, this research aims to help people understand not only the visual expression of an art, but also its philosophy and spirit through different kinds of interaction. Based on this, the theory research focuses on four parts: traditional art philosophy, artistic and cognitive psychology, traditional art, novel technology. Meanwhile, for practice, a Chinese style IAI experiment including brain waves control technology is introduced to help people better understand the purpose of this research.

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