Entry for Digital Graffiti 2011.
Florida Earth ()/Sky(O) is a algorithmic work of art in which particles diffuse and react to produce the visualization of the earth () and sky (O) with the line of the sea between.
I programmed a system in which particles diffuse and interact in space. The reactions between particles produce color and forms outside the programmer’s detailed control. Specifically, the system simulates a process called self-assembly, which is a paradigm for bottom-up nanomanu- facturing and computation at the molecular scale. In Florida Earth ()/Sky (O), the self-assembly has been programmed to evoke the colors and textures of the panhandle beaches of Florida, where I have spent many a family vacation. The images evoke gulls and fireflies, the surf under a moonlit night sky, and the turquoise waters beyond white beaches in the sun.