The Best Art

What is this?

This is the About page for The Best Art, an artistic collaboration between the computer and the human. The project is hosted at

Who are the collaborators?

The artist is a MacBook Air, 13-inch, early 2015. The human is Nicole He.

How does it work?

The computer queries the universe and uses an algorithm to objectively calculate the best art for any given moment in time. The human executes the commands.

How does it work...more specifically?

The computer's creative process is computational, and therefore unbiased.

For any current moment, the computer’s algorithm produces a number called the Art Index. The Art Index is determined by a number of factors in the universe, including the time of day and weather, how many times the president has tweeted that day, how close the International Space Station is to the computer, and the computer’s horoscope. (The computer is a Gemini.)

The computer also generates a machine-appropriate large number of project ideas, which are run through a sentiment analysis program to generate a rating. The computer then matches the current Art Index to the project that is closest in rating, thus determining the best art for the current state of affairs in the universe.

The human receives the computer’s instructions in the form of a printed receipt. The human then executes the commands, outputting the best art and fulfilling the computer's artistic vision.

How many projects have been made?

There have been a total of 27 projects.

How do you know it actually produces the "best" art?

Good art pulls meaning from the chaos of the universe, and also reflects the artist's unique point of view. The computer rigorously combines these two factors in its programming, optimizing them to produce the best art.

Rest assured that the results are objective, because they are determined mathematically via algorithm.

Has there been press about The Best Art?


  • CBC
  • The Outline
  • Brooklyn
  • Tabi Labo
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