August 2014 // Re:GENERATE
In August of 2014, I participated in Re:GENERATE, a show featuring computer-generated art. I made, among other things, a generative series for the event, that I named Fractal Circles.
It’s a simple recursive algorithm over a region of the sketch:
This generates a surprisingly wide variety of shapes, some very natural-looking.
There are three open-ended questions:
If you decide to recurse every other time, and always draw a circle, and alternate the circles types, you get this image, which I made to help explain:
If you let yourself pick the type of circle randomly, you’re left with two questions: whether to recurse, and whether to draw a circle. Answering those questions randomly, and controlling their probability, can generate whole families of images.
Here are 144 tiny fractal circle images. The probability of recursing decreases as we move from left to right, and the probability of drawing a circle increases as we move from top to bottom.
Here’s a p5.js version of it, where the probabilty-to-recurse increases as the hour passes, and the probability-to-draw increases as the minute passes: