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Untitled Faces [openFrameworks, Processing, Arduino]

Untiled Faces by Nathan Selikoff is an interactive sculpture that mixes a chaotic dynamical system with its “meta” representation, allowing the viewer to explore the somewhat unpredictable four-dimensional parameter space.

This work builds off both my Aesthetic Explorations and my Faces of Chaos series. With the former, I am exploring individual strange attractors—each image encodes four specific parameters. With the latter, I am exploring the space of all possibilities, and each image encodes a range of parameters in a “meta” view of the system.

The left-most pane shows a small representation of another artwork, Tiled Faces, with a small red square over one image of this 32×32 grid. As the left lever is moved, the red square moves, updating the x and y position, and simultaneously updating both the center and right-most panes. The right pane shows the image from the left pane, zoomed in. The right-most lever moves a small red target within this image, updating another x and y position, and simultaneously updating the center pane. The center pane shows a chaotic attractor, whose four coefficients are taken from the positions of the left and right levers. The center lever adjusts the virtual camera that is viewing this strange attractor.

The objects attempts to suggest connection between the images, and in a some way Nathan writes, show the mysterious relationship between a strange attractor and its Lyapunov exponent.

This artwork was prototyped in Processing, with the final version produced in openFrameworksrunning on Ubuntu.

For full list of components and more info see project page.

(Thanks to Nathan for sending this in. It was a pleasure meeting you at GBN!)