2023, Generative Animation
Plasmodata is a generated animation based on the study of slime mould.
Slime mould is an interesting life form. For most of their lifetime, they are free-living single-celled individual entities. However, those simple cells developed a very sophisticated system of communication using acrasins which is highly similar to the nervous system of animals. In a sense, the slime mould cells form a coordinated “brain” which appears in highly intricate structures.
Inspired by recent studies of how slime mould transmit information, I digitally simulated their behaviors. These simple virtual lives collaboratively generate convoluted and aesthetically pleasing visuals.
Plasmodata is a sandbox, a cosmos, a question of our definition of life and intelligence.
Exhibition view at WAAITT2023