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Spherical Dendrite by Mark J Stock

CF11_1179 by Mark J Stock

Rudolf Kohulák


 are surrounded by complex structures and systems that appear to be lawless and disorderly. Mathematicians try to look for paerns in the seemingly chaotic behaviour and build models that are simple, and yet have the capacity to accurately predict the reality around us. But can a scientific or mathematical model have any artistic value? It seems that the answer is yes. There is a group of digital and algorithmic artists that use science and computational mathematics to create visual art. However, there is an even smaller group of people whose art and science coincide. Meet Mark J Stock. Mark is an artist, scientist, and programmer. His work is heavily influenced by his own research, and he uses scientifically-accurate soware to explore “the tension between the natural world and its simulated counterpart, between organic and inorganic, digital and analogue, structure and fluid”. He first started working on simulations and visualisations when working with Moiré paerns—caused by overlaying similar images on top of one another, each offset from the others by some small amount—on a Commodore computer. Mark has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and, unlike some of his colleagues, renounces the use of Spherical Dendrite by Mark J Stock commercial soware for his work. Since much of the reality in the natural world surrounding us is influenced by fluid flow, people are unconsciously tuned into his paerns. Hence one can oen see in his art some natural arrangement that we are familiar with. However, unlike in real-life structures, one can run accurate calculations from physically impossible initial conditions, thus creating visually stunning images.


Chalkdust, Issue 03  

Popular mathematics magazine from UCL

Chalkdust, Issue 03  

Popular mathematics magazine from UCL