The above video captures a single iteration of Mapplethorpe -- a self-generating piece with infinite outcomes. Mapplethorpe is one of eight works within the Things Fall Apart series by Casey Alt.
Created using the Processing programming language, all of the works in Things Fall Apart visualize continuously evolving relationships within living systems. Social behaviors found within systems such as oligarchy, utilitarianism, or crowd dynamics are simulated and exploited. Each piece begins with a different set of initial conditions and unfolds to create an intricate visual history of the system, with colors, forms, and motions varying to reflect the changing relationships of its inhabitants. A work concludes once all members within its system exceed a predefined lifespan or the system itself collapses. Given the dynamic nature of the works, every iteration is unique yet stylistically similar.
For more information, please view the full series at u2325.com/art/tfa.html .