The only thing I remember from biology classes is gazing with wonder at the pictures of cells and membranes, and marvelling at the idea that such incredible patterns form randomly in nature. Generative artist Jonathan McCabe was clearly mesmerised in the same way: using Alan Turings theories of morphology he has created his own intricate designs, which are far more psychedelic than anything I ever saw in my bio textbook.
It is difficult to look away from Jonathan’s self-organising patterns, especially the animations which inflate and continually mutate, and look a little bit like that moment towards the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey when Dr. Bowman gets flung into an alien dimension. Mesmerising and trance-inducing art, which shows how patterns spectacularly emerge from randomness in nature.
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