Ad Infinitum

2017

The consonance and dissonance of reality becomes visible only when time pauses, and it is only in these pauses that reality happens.


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Feature:Prosthetic Knowledge,The Void and the Cloud


Ad Infinitum is an audio-visual morphogenetic artwork representing emanations flowing all around us with our every moment of existence. It provides an immersive and engaging experience for the audience, in order to awe and self-reflect; by inducing a sense of physiological resonance, as the patterns of eye movement synchronize with patterns in the audio-visuals.


Morphogenetic studies in cellular biology suggest that complex life-forms develop and evolve from simple beginnings via certain rules and conditions. An effort to realize this computationally lead to a form of generative art known as digital morphogenesis, with applications prevalent in art, design, architecture, modeling etc.


Another, more recent study came out on existence of microbial clouds, composed of biological particles emitted by the human micro-biome. The study suggests the distinction between different microbial clouds of different people and ability to quantize and understand the distinctions between their characteristics.


The concepts of human genetic make-up, evolution as well as microbial auras, transcend notions of connections between humans and nature, not only over geological time (incorporating hereditary past and in-the-moment present) but also perception. The way we see reality, follows its own fractal patterns. Our brains are used to observing complex patterns that exist in nature such as water, clouds, trees, galaxies etc. Some fractal studies have shown release of alpha brainwaves as well as activation of areas in the brain (Ventrolateral, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, parahippocampus) corresponding to high visual processing, spatial long-term memory, emotions and music.


Ad Infinitum is a computational effort to present this evolving complexity yet uniqueness that we all possess. The visuals have been created via GLSL shaders and audio via Ableton Live and Max for Live.


Extrapolating concepts from morphogenesis and morphogenetic waves in cellular biology, and from studies on existence of microbial clouds in proxemical physics, Ad Infinitum presents the evolving and unique signature, of us and the space we live in, through visual mathematics.