Much that's intriguing in art and music can emerge from combining rich elements
with a guide but not a goal. Like evolution, if there is a diverse "ecosystem"
and someone or something selecting the best combinations, then the best of
the unexpected can emerge.
I've been experimenting with processes to combine images, for a long time.
Starting with a few photographs or drawings, I set the layout, kick the process
off, and see the millions of combinations emerge. I take the more promising
results, treat them and save them - or put them back as new raw material.
All those waiting-room displays, with advertisements: couldn't they instead
show a dynamic painting, one that always changes, but is always interesting
and, like a sky- or cloud-scape, always familiar?