Newtonian Fluid Stimulation

In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton, english mathematician, physicist and astronomer published his highly influential book “Principia Mathematica”, introducing mathematical models for fluids that account for viscosity.
Over 300 years later in 2018, his calculations are the foundation of a computer program designed as a drawing tool.

Producing his own tools for creation, 1986 born German artist A. Rothaug bridges the gap between traditional art methods and computer generated graphics with a series of 6 editions, produced as analogue and digital artworks.

Utilizing the Apple pencil, a fluid system running on the iPad was “stimulated” to generate geometrical patterns. Individual frames and layers of these drawings were then human-curated and selected for print.


Editions I-VI

6x DIN A4, 21,0 x 29,7 cm. Glass based artworks framed in finest oak wood, based on 18 unique layers (3 prints each + 4 sheets of glass). Museum grade quality, hand-signed.

6x DIN A5 150g fine paper-print, framed in 30x40cm solid wood with a white finish. Museum grade quality, hand-signed.

Available for purchase in the FE1 gallery for contemporary computer arts.

Digital release:

An interactive version, creating always new combinations is also available on the FRAMED* platform for digital art. For larger installations like video-walls feel free to contact FE1.

Project Technical Info:

Made with Processing, openFrameworks, Objective-C++ as well as an iPad pro + Apple pencil.