Transitional Forms

Andy Lomas

A series of forms are created using digital simulation of the process of growth through cellular division. These works explore how morphogenesis can be explored using interactive evolutionary algorithms and machine learning to give a wide range of artistic expression. In this study a population of remarkably tree-like forms are discovered in the range of emergent possibilities.

All forms are generated using a simplified model of cellular growth. Structures consist of interconnected cells, with rules for the forces between cells, as well as rules for how cells accumulate internal nutrients and, when sufficient nutrient has been accumulated, divide to create new cells. Through differentially controlling growth rates, influences can be applied to the growing form without imposing explicit directorial control over the final structure.