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Cellular Reticulations

Cellular Reticulations

How does space become complex? What are the aesthetic possibilities of generating complexity out of the seemingly un-complex? Cellular Reticulations is inspired by computational research into the emergent and unpredictable nature of interaction. Even very simple systems can produce extraordinary patterns of behaviour unimaginable regardless of a complete understanding of the individual parts.

Gejin Gao and Yujiang Wang’s project has looked at how to spatialise “cellular automata” typically constrained to software environments to understand their potential as dynamic architectural systems. In addition they have added the further complexity of human occupation and navigation by creating a system of rotating “sensing gates” that represent shifts in the state of the installations individual cells. The combined interactions allow for a continually transforming environment that attempts to induce wonder and delight.

Principle Researcher: Gejin Gao (MArch GAD) & Yujiang Wang (MSc AAC)
Supervisors: Ruairi Glynn and Dr Christopher Leung with William Bondin

Component Design

Component Design

Single cell being triggered by human proximity to it

Single cell being triggered by human proximity to it

Proposed installation of a "field" of cells in a public space creating continuously transforming patterns of behaviour

Proposed installation of a “field” of cells in a public space creating continuously transforming patterns of behaviour

Above view of interactions.

Above view of interactions.

Long Exposure Photographs of test interactions between spinning cells and human inhabitants

Long Exposure Photographs of test interactions between spinning cells and human inhabitants

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