We transfer physical systems into virtual ones. But what happens if this process is turned the other way around? Aerosol is an experiment, which investigates exactly this by using a particle system. The fascinating thing about a particle system is the emergent appearance.
A taut fabric surface gets formed into an undulated landscape by using a grid of 16 servo motors attached to the fabric. Due to gravitation a certain amount of small iron balls placed on top of the fabric are set in motion.
While observing the iron balls, you will notice individual behavior patterns in terms of the iron balls movements. There are loners racing over the fabric and running into others or there are groups separating rarely but having a strong cohesion. The material get part of the calculation.
Prof. Dennis Paul, Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick