Fifty Sisters is comprised of fifty 1m x 1m images of computer synthesised plant-forms, algorithmically “grown” from computer code using artificial evolution and generative grammars. Each plant-like form is derived from the primitive graphic elements of oil company logos.

In this video documentary Jon McCormack discusses the work and the ideas behind its development. Episode 1 introduces the work and the broader issues behind it. McCormack questions the obsession with growth as an essential driver of contemporary economies and our desire for progress. Fifty Sisters was motivated by fossil fuels' origin as plants. Over geological time these plants were transformed into the coal and crude oil that powers modern civilisation.

For more information: jonmccormack.info/~jonmc/sa/artworks/fifty-sisters/

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