boredomresearch’s Fragments of Lost Flight

Fragments of Lost Flight © boredomresearch

boredomresearch’s computational artwork Fragments of Lost Flight was selected as the third best artwork at A-EYE: An exhibition of art and nature inspired computation at Goldsmiths, University of London. The show also featured Ernest Edmonds, Andy Lomas and Harold Cohen and ran from 1-4 April 2014.

In this artwork scaled wings are generated by computational mechanisms, inspired by Alan Turing’s descriptions of a virtual machine now known as a Turing Machine. Over time a narrow facet of diversity is explored as the ‘machine’ is fed random programs. Each wing fragment generated by the ‘machine’ exists only for the time it is on screen and is unlikely ever to be recreated. The mechanisms of pattern formation explored in this generative artwork reveals the diverse beauty of turbulent living organisms as they change over extended time frames. With a visual quality evocative of botanical illustrations, combining the act of simulation with representation.

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