is an extraordinary website of the algorithmic artwork of Jared Tarbell. The image on the left is just one of the many amazing peices on the site to be seen.
(the image to the left) renders the resulting configuration of a system of nodes connected together at random. Connections between nodes are considered friendships.
Nodes move about the stage with only two goals in mind:
A. Move close to friends but not closer than some minimum distance.
B. Distance self from non-friends as much as possible."
While you're there, be sure to check out the series entitled "offspring
" (image to the right). Conceptually, I think this peice is one of my favorites. In case you're too lazy to check it, here's a little blurb about it:
"Offspring is a visualization of the pair bonding process of a theoretical robot colony.
Each robot is assembled, ages through youth, comes into a reproductive stage, and eventually dies of fatigue. If a robot is lucky enough to find a mate during it's reproductive stage, baby robots may be assembled.
Visually, the Offspring image is a historic graph of robot colony size and distribution. Males of the population are represented by single horizontal lines while Females are shown as double lines. The vertical position of the line indicates the robot's time of assembly, and the horizontal position of the line shows it's location in an abstract physical space. Faint diagonal lines connect parent and child. In this manner, older generations of robots are shown on the bottom of the image while their descendents are supported above them."