I don’t know how, but I stumbled upon this blogpost by Antonio Sánchez Chinchón (@aschinchon on twitter).
He is generating ‘random’ art by a generative process. It is using, as far as I understand it, a Conway game-of-life type of process where you start with a random initialization and the process steps in time and in every step values change based on neighboring cells.
As he writes:
a generative system called Physarum model, which simulates the evolution of a colony of extremely simple organisms that, under certain environmental conditions, result into complex behaviors.
And it is producing beautiful pictures like this one:
The code to produce these things is here. It is an R implementation based on a blogpost by Sage Jenson based on a paper by Jeff Jones.
I love these generative pieces! It is such a beautiful process with simple rules that deliver complex results!
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