introduction

my favorite object is any tree at night in an urban environment illuminated by sickly orange streetlights

for me they are an image as nature subverted yet still penetrating the pavement ablaze in artificial light

they remind me of silent walks at night, an empty street acoustic, warm shadows in cold autumn

here I use a computational process based on fire to explore such night time textures

 

computational process

forest fire percolation based transitions through a 6 deep stack of images

hsb colour space for interpolation

omni-directional fire spreading, or gradient based shift click to play

 

the applet

(now in version 2, optimized for multiprocessor machines)

is here

shift click for configuration palette for the fires

 

some images

because it still takes time to run here are some images showing the kind of emergent behavior that happens here.

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