Generative art is the process that is revealed through an autonomous system that works based on a set of rules created by the artist's algorithmic thinking technique. The criteria that define generative art are that the process has an algorithm and then an autonomous system in which the artist voluntarily delegates the authority partially or completely. Autonomous systems are systems that can make their own decisions, and their use in the generative art essentially stems from the artist's desire to objectify the process. Although generative art is used synonymously with algorithmic art or computer art in the literature, its history goes back much before the invention of computers. Undoubtedly, with the invention of the computer and the increase in its use in the artistic context, the reflection of technology in the field of generative art has become inevitable. So much so that today generative art has become unthinkable independently of coding and artificial intelligence. However, it is quite wrong to think of autonomous systems only as environments dependent on digital technologies. There are many autonomous systems based on the cooperation of individuals which take their power from nature, use more primitive machines or simply work by sticking to the written rule set. The aim of this research is to define and introduce the autonomous systems that make up the generative art more clearly with both their digital and non-digital aspects.
Keywords: Generative art, autonomous systems, algorithmic thinking, conceptual art, artificial intelligence