it produced a file (like the code is telling to do) new.htm in which is stated that art is produced in there.
it also creates and then uncreates an intermediate file called file.pl, which is used as a kind of birthgiving mechanism.
But , it still does not gives me a sensation that there is something exciting or deep meaning relted going on as the title of your code ("trivial, generative, murderous program") suggests
Or do you mean to say that that file.pl is commiting suicide after giving birth to new.htm, in that case is should be named parenticide and not infanticide.
I personally read it as drawing on the history of appropriations and re-imaginings of MTAA's 'Simple Net Art' Diagram: http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=%22net%20art%20diagram%22&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi
Given that the html file is created by that intermediate perl file, which is generated under instruction, it suggested to me that the "Art" is created in the space where the computer executes the instructions given to it by the author, rather than in the author's instructions themselves or in the finished work. I guess that is a sort of dialectic in a sense - Generative art existing in the synthesis of authorial instruction and computational legwork, rather than in the instruction or the finished work.