In the Process series Reas has explored the relationship between naturally evolved and artificial systems. Organic forms are emerging from precise mechanical instructions. The images visualise systems moving or at rest. Reas is transferring his software pieces into different media such as projection, images or sculptures. Each material highlights a different aspect of the software.
Instructions for Process 13: Bisect a rectangular surface and define the dividing line as the origin for a large group of Element 1. When each Element moves beyond the surface, move its position back to the origin. Draw a line from the centers of Elements that are touching. Set the value of the shortest possible line to black and the longest to white, with varying grays representing values in between.
(using Element 1 from the Library: Form: Circle + Behaviour: Move in a straight line + Constrain to surface + Change direction while touching another Element + Move away from an overlapping Element)
Implemented by C.E.B. Reas
Fall 2009, Summer 2010
“During the last seven years, I have continuously refined the system of Forms, Behaviors, Elements, and Processes. The phenomenon of emergence is the core of the exploration and each artwork builds on previous works and informs the next. The system is idiosyncratic and pseudoscientific, containing references ranging from the history of mathematics to the generation of artificial life.”
— C.E.B. Reas from the catalogue “Process Compendium 2004-2010”
(via Bruce Sterling)
Reblogged from Ekstasis.