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

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