Some art is a set of instructions for creating art rather than the art itself. A musical score or a play script would be an example. And increasingly art is being expressed as formulas or algorithm.
Special effects artists in films increasingly design formulas for things like explosion physics, rather than guiding the motion themselves. The difference between a beautiful explosion and a mundane one might be a change in a mathematical formula.
Twitter Bots make art out of algorithms and Markov chains.
Bytebeat, which composes music from a iterative tonal formula generating waveforms is probably one of the more extreme examples of Artwork as Recipe. (site)
Stravinsky’s Player Piano details a way in which the art and the recipe become intertwined.
Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony is a sort of modern player piano, a microchip in a CD case that generates music.
via Artwork as Recipe.