Contemplating doing a cat-determined generative art piece (abstract, mostly). And I don't even live with a cat. This requires walking around the neighborhood w/a lined notebook, and encountering cats. Dogs may or may not be included. Still working that out. I figure cats = # of horizontal constraints; dogs = # of vertical constraints. And color of cat(s) or dog(s) equal colors used in the piece. If no cats or dogs are encountered, I may have to switch to woodpeckers or crows (which may require a sonic determinant [on second thought, no - that would be too complicated w/o a computer). In any case, I'd much rather entrust the generation of an art piece to a cat or woodpecker than to a computer.
Update: So with the above project in mind, but not yet having initiated it, I went on a brief walk to get some chai today, and encountered two dogs. And I was like WOW look at the colors on those dogs! Imagine that in an art work! Can I even mix those colors?! (one was brindle). Then I thought: what if next time I see a dog, it's wearing a dog sweater? Hmm.
Update: I think I'll ignore dog sweaters/jackets (although I COULD pick one dominant color, and introduce it as a dot or something). Given that the constraints will create a grid, of sorts, what should go within each space? I'm thinking a tail: a cat or dog tail.