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As the title says, I was wondering if there are applications of optimization in art. I am mainly thinking about visual arts e.g., painting, drawing, sculpture, but any other form of art would be interesting, e.g., music.

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Opt Art takes you into some of the applications esp. in visualizing patterns\tiles\covers. Also entire computer vision & ML into correctly identifying images is based on optimizing a loss function.
Sill I guess applying optimization techniques to art does require some serious investment of time & effort. Like what factors (variables) do the average human eye and senses find most appealing? What are the recipes (variables) that make a movie a hit?
Though running ML algorithms like random forests often give out a probability of profiles of movies or art that are most likely to capture human emotions or senses, I dont think there's a serious thinking into identifying the impact (reduced cost/price) of different variables that go into that.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for Opt Art. I have this book, and it is very enjoyable. The author, Bob Bosch, is the same person whose domino artwork is featured in the post linked by @Kuifje. $\endgroup$
    – RobPratt
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 16:42
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a better URL for that link? It asks me to verify that I'm a human, which I can't do because I'm not. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 10, 2023 at 17:55

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