Algorithmic Meditations: the form of the (in)formal

Reasoning about the form of the informal and landscapes of possibilities, I applied a growth algorithm to occupy a Schwarzplan with a settlement of magenta colored squares. In this visual experiment a set of agents is equipped with a motivation to settle a magenta square. A set of rules allows or denies the settlement. Each algorithmic agent looks for the closest yet existing magenta square next to its own origin and settles close to it. Black structures are a potential resource of settlers. White grounds are occupiable. Setting the first „seed“ of a single magenta square, the settlement of pixels starts to develop further.

This experiment does not pretend to simulate the complex reality, it just asks: What if …?

At the end it looks a bit like Constant`s „New Babylon“

Coded in processing.
Hamburg 2011