suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
michael WETMORE / hang XU / winda XIAO: Eroded Matter seeks to explore notions of aesthetic ambiguity through the stigmergic erosion of a material. Operating through local agent behaviors within a high population multi-agent system, the project explores the transformation of a normative substrate into a highly differentiated system with macro-level order.
This order arises as a result of the non-hierarchical interaction of discrete agent systems. In addition to the generation of differentiated ornamental formations, the project seeks to mine the potentials of local form emergence while also pursuing the dissolution of figure into an ambiguous relationship with the systems with which it interacts. In this way, Eroded Matter is less interested in pure formal generation than in the aesthetic outcomes embedded within such non-linear organizations.
The project is the culmination of resulting research from the seminar, Fibrous Assemblages, taught by Roland Snooks at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mW+hX+wX: Roland Snooks, Cecil Balmond, Daniel Shiffman, Anthills, Amber Formations
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mW+hX+wX: Listening: The National, The XX, Manuel DeLanda
Reading: Kafka on the Shore, Lord of the Rings
Watching: Twin Peaks
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mW+hX+wX: Kokkugia, Tom Wiscombe, Steven Ma, Francois Roche, Bernard Tschumi