The inspiration for this post was a watercolour prototype I saw at an artist friends place. It reminded me of the retro movie intros from the 1960’s. Click on the canvas to refresh the screen. This program places rectangles and ellipses with randomized colours while increasing transparency.
In the grand scheme of time we are candles in the wind. The universe, space and time are infinite. This is a visualization of the creation, destruction and recreation cycle.
The idea with this simulation is to enhance the story with a simple visual narrative. It is meant to convey our smallness and insignificance in relation to the Cosmos or as the late great Carl Sagan once said “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives”
Fibonacci is a number sequence where the last number is derived by adding the two previous numbers. This sequence occurs frequently in nature, like sea shell growth, pine cones, and even how flowers grow. In this experimental visualization, each big circle is a combination of the little circles. This kind of resembles information blurts and life cycles in social networks. It could also be patterns of movement from home base to local excursions (humans, animals and bugs). There are many applications from store shopping patterns, to crop infestation, to crime analysis to animal behaviour and even transportation logistics.
This is an exploration of patterns that occur in nature, perhaps to better understand natural systems. Thanks to Leonardo Bonacci aka #Fibonacci. Aka Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo
Pollock said that he could control the flow of paint and there is no beginning or ending. Pollock was an abstract painter with an organic and a somewhat spiritual process. He liked to be alone and have a lot of space when he worked. He would have his large canvas on the ground and walk around it as he poured painted from a can, with his hands and dripped paint with his brush.
He would drop a blob of paint and run it over his canvas and would take a dripping paint brush and whip it across the canvas in a random direction. This resulted in curvy and thinning comma like shapes as shown in the video. The program I developed to create the video is relatively simple and has no AI or machine learning, rather it mimics Pollock’s typical patterns with randomness
This generative art is based on koi fish movement, but more precisely it is based on the invisible paths that the fish travel along. In this case confined to the rectangular screen canvas or a pond if you will. I found this movement beautiful, rhythmic and harmonic. In the visualization I played with colours and with the size of the ball. Perhaps the ball size could represent depth, the deeper the fish goes the smaller the ball gets. The movement is pulsating, that is the circles shrink and grow along the circular path.
I started with the koi fish water colour art shown below, but my curiosity quickly deteriorated into a study of movement.